I was faced with this assertion today after revealing to an acquittance of mine that I am an atheist. The very short exchange went something like this...acquittance: "How do you know all this,…Continue
"Let's take love. It's a lot like god. No real definition, transcends, goes on forever, gives you that cozy feeling. Is it real?...well it's as real as you make it, just like god.
We are evolved to believe in bullshit.…"
"Yes, I think religion and the afterlife, class strata, money, human rights, beauty, art, music and love are all products of "magical thinking". They do not even necessarily exist if we did not. These ideas are born of imagination and have…"
"I still think that magical thinking helped, at first. Imagining what is or may be possible facilitates creative problem solving, for better and for worse. I'd also put testosterone in that category... for better and for worse."
"The ideal balance to be struck is to ask them a question that forces them to think about what they're shoveling, without ridiculuing them...which makes them defensive and unwilling to think about it.
One tactic I've heard about, if…"
"Yeah, but it's not my intention to embarrass or laugh at them. I just want them to think more about all the crap they've been fed, and give them an opportunity to consider my alternative point of view, or other POVs. Most of them have been…"
"In western countries, people usually mean either god or some sort of new-age spirit type thing. Either way, does it make any difference to the conversation? I suppose making them put their woo woo into words might be somewhat embarrassing (and thus…"
"I strongly suspect that the need to find purpose and to fulfill roles is quite naturally an evolved trait, not only for us, but even for lower animals.
It used to be simple: Belong to and serve a group; empower the group; play a role that feels like…"
"Something more: dammit, fuck everybody, there is something more.
I now have an explanation of my theory that I'm happy with.
Nature wants you to survive, and in vigorous health. These are a direct and straightforward…"