In Jesse Berring's book titled: The God Instinct, one of the topics addressed is the instinct to believe in a god.
As a believer, have you ever considered that god, souls and destiny simply are a set of seductive cognitive illusions, that can be accounted for by the unusual evolution of the human brain?
In a couple of the other questions asked today, the exploration of other religions was addressed. As much as I think that is a good idea, I wonder if believers ever get even more objective in their thinking, and look at the human brain in general, and it's impulse to thought patterns that end up as beliefs.
If you are a believer that has contemplated or studied the human brain and/ or psychology, do you see your own patterns objectively and question the possibility/probability, that beliefs are nothing besides neurological patterns? Or do you cling to your beliefs and automatically dismiss that variable?
Answer by Dkhilly at 9:40 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Answer by Dkhilly at 10:42 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Answer by thalassa at 10:53 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
I love the idea that was presented to me when I listened to the interview on NPR of Dr. Eagleman. He's a neuroscientist, and it's partly because of his research that he calls himself a "possibilian". He was raised to be an Orthodox Jew, but, like me, couldn't make himself believe in what he was taught to believe, and determined that he was Atheist. Then he became more and more involved in science and was faced with all of the unknowns in the universe and realized that he can't rule out those things which haven't been researched and discovered. It's the same with our brains. There is so much that's still unknown, but the brain reacts to certain things in a remarkable way--like to music or to meditation (or prayer). I'm still reading Dawkin's The God Delusion, and he comments on many of these ideas.
Answer by jsbenkert at 12:27 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
What do you suppose it is, besides emotion, that tethers you to a god concept enough to make you say it's "real"?
For you personally, does faith trump objective reality?
I'm a pantheist...so, for me, the Divine *is* objective reality as much as the meaning conferred from it is based on my subjective experiences. I don't actually believe in anything that directly disagrees with objective data, but rather my beliefs fill in the gaps and are fluid as data changes. In terms of actual worship however, I'm just as much of a soft polytheist, and I actually do recognize deities as anthromorphic archetypes--just because something isn't literally true doesn't make it allegorically false.
Answer by pam19 at 9:29 AM on Jun. 15, 2011
Answer by Dkhilly at 10:33 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
Answer by popzaroo at 11:28 PM on Jun. 14, 2011
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