"If you don't believe in something supernatural, how can you imagine that you yourself have supernatural abilities enough to survive."

The look on her face while she said that was disturbing.

Comment by Jeremy Lester on October 23, 2011 at 10:29pm

We die earlier so we can avoid all the religious crazies. It's part of our evolution. lol.

Comment by Carol Foley on October 24, 2011 at 2:08am

She looks like some sort of animatronic (sp?) meat puppet.

Comment by Trish E. Harmon on October 24, 2011 at 4:00am

I'd sure like to know where she got that statistic that atheists die sooner...what a load of crap. The DESIRE to live is what can help people to survive or prolong their lives. Whether you're religious or not, if you don't have the desire or will to survive, you're likely to lose the fight. The desire can come from wanting to see your children grow up or get married, or to complete something you've worked so hard to do, or any number of reasons to keep on living. Religion has nothing to do with it.

Comment by JC Hamner on October 24, 2011 at 9:16am

I'm more disturbed with the look of smug satisfaction when stating that 'atheist die first.'

 

But regarding reality and the subject she was talking about, I just came across something that seems quite relevant http://lifehacker.com/5852514/utilize-the-stockdale-paradox-to-help... (It says 'personal growth' in the title, but the actual reference concerns mental strategies for survival in adverse conditions)

Comment by Great Dane on October 24, 2011 at 9:46am

So she does not believe that atheists have the will power to survive in survival situations! That's one of the lamest arguments I have ever heard for religion.

Comment by Dennis Weaver on October 24, 2011 at 10:50am

All I can say to her quoted quip is," ... ... ... ... ... ... what?" Oh right... and, "She's a psychologist?"

Comment by Dustin on October 25, 2011 at 10:35pm

Let's test this theory out.  Can we put her on an island with a dozen atheists and see which ones dies first?  Any takers?  

Comment by Bryan Casey on October 27, 2011 at 10:27pm

And the sad thing is that people will believe her because she's a "psychologist." 

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