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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby BigBallinStalin on Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:47 am

nietzsche wrote:BBS, if it was concluded that (after decent research) humans need some certain amount of "magical thinking" to function properly or optimally, what would be your say in surrendering to it? i.e. being spiritual, being religious?

I don't remember where it was published but a study showed that "magical thinking" provides a release of dopamine necessary for healthy living. I'm not saying being healthy means being religious, but, we are humans, rational animals after all. Takes me back to Laputa.

I would venture that EVERYONE has the anxiety of dying, being responsible for their life. Some have it very hidden, everyone deals with it in a different manner. Cynicism is a high price to pay. Stoicism is pessimism even if you want to think otherwise.

Is it the boldness of youth?

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?


In other words, if SCIENCE said that I must be either religious or spiritual in order to function properly or optimally, then which would I pick? Neither! That's a silly situation.

Suppose SCIENCE dictates that your stipulated outcomes of "magical thinking" can be perfectly substituted by receiving one blow job per year. Not one per month, nor one per week--just one blow job per year. Receiving multiple blow jobs per year will not increase one's functions or optimal what-have-you. Also, the effects of giving a blow job once per year are currently unknown, but the theists strongly assert otherwise.
Now, which would you pick?

("magical thinking" seems like it could be "I feel great because there's people out, and I'm joking around, and things are well, so I feel great." If that's 'spirituality', then I'll choose 'spirituality'.)


What kind of cynicism are we talking about?

The youth tend to be bold because they don't know any better and because acquiring information is costly.

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?
There is no sacrifice--only Opportunity Cost. I yield profit through adhering to reason, and it's been a wise investment because the current and expected profit of my plans offset the value of my second-best plan (i.e. opportunity cost). Besides, "faith to reason" is the most productive choice we have--when faced with that false dichotomy (because we can choose on the margin, i.e. Choosing mostly reason, with some faith/emotion/whatever is contrary to reason).

And "being faithful to reason" need not be the only goal. The means differ with the goal, so if I'm discussing religion, then I'll put on my logic hat, steel my heart with reason, don my monocle, and begin scoffing, harrumphing, joking, with the occasional serious response to a potentially reasonable person of the faith. For other occasions, I wear different clothes, but still manage to act like an ass. Is that being faithful to reason?
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby nietzsche on Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:47 am

chang50 wrote:
nietzsche wrote:BBS, if it was concluded that (after decent research) humans need some certain amount of "magical thinking" to function properly or optimally, what would be your say in surrendering to it? i.e. being spiritual, being religious?

I don't remember where it was published but a study showed that "magical thinking" provides a release of dopamine necessary for healthy living. I'm not saying being healthy means being religious, but, we are humans, rational animals after all. Takes me back to Laputa.

I would venture that EVERYONE has the anxiety of dying, being responsible for their life. Some have it very hidden, everyone deals with it in a different manner. Cynicism is a high price to pay. Stoicism is pessimism even if you want to think otherwise.

Is it the boldness of youth?

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?


If I may offer an answer of sorts in the form of a question,there may well be something in the research,so am I doomed to functioning sub-optimally because I simply am unable to indulge in magical thinking?It's just white noise to me it doesn't even begin to make any sense.


One research study is rather not definitive, I'm asking hypothetically in order to try to understand positions. Existentialist philosphers adopted both positions, not believing (most) and others believing, like Kierkegaard and Saint. Agustine.

As I said, I believe every atheist must believe in something. Believing in Progress or Science is, psychologically speaking, the same as believing in god. I mean, it counts as the belief a person bases in his root many of what he does, says. Made a mess there, but I'll trust you will get what I'm trying to say instead of showing the flaw.

If billions of people over the course of history have done the same, it must be rooted in the nature of men. Cannot be coincidence. So, maybe, maaaaybe, we need it? Or we have not evolved to live fully without some spiritual belief.

Again, I'm not saying it must be like that, only that it might be a possibility.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby nietzsche on Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:01 am

BigBallinStalin wrote:
nietzsche wrote:BBS, if it was concluded that (after decent research) humans need some certain amount of "magical thinking" to function properly or optimally, what would be your say in surrendering to it? i.e. being spiritual, being religious?

I don't remember where it was published but a study showed that "magical thinking" provides a release of dopamine necessary for healthy living. I'm not saying being healthy means being religious, but, we are humans, rational animals after all. Takes me back to Laputa.

I would venture that EVERYONE has the anxiety of dying, being responsible for their life. Some have it very hidden, everyone deals with it in a different manner. Cynicism is a high price to pay. Stoicism is pessimism even if you want to think otherwise.

Is it the boldness of youth?

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?


In other words, if SCIENCE said that I must be either religious or spiritual in order to function properly or optimally, then which would I pick? Neither! That's a silly situation.

Suppose SCIENCE dictates that your stipulated outcomes of "magical thinking" can be perfectly substituted by receiving one blow job per year. Not one per month, nor one per week--just one blow job per year. Receiving multiple blow jobs per year will not increase one's functions or optimal what-have-you. Also, the effects of giving a blow job once per year are currently unknown, but the theists strongly assert otherwise.
Now, which would you pick?

("magical thinking" seems like it could be "I feel great because there's people out, and I'm joking around, and things are well, so I feel great." If that's 'spirituality', then I'll choose 'spirituality'.)


What kind of cynicism are we talking about?

The youth tend to be bold because they don't know any better and because acquiring information is costly.

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?
There is no sacrifice--only Opportunity Cost. I yield profit through adhering to reason, and it's been a wise investment because the current and expected profit of my plans offset the value of my second-best plan (i.e. opportunity cost). Besides, "faith to reason" is the most productive choice we have--when faced with that false dichotomy (because we can choose on the margin, i.e. Choosing mostly reason, with some faith/emotion/whatever is contrary to reason).

And "being faithful to reason" need not be the only goal. The means differ with the goal, so if I'm discussing religion, then I'll put on my logic hat, steel my heart with reason, don my monocle, and begin scoffing, harrumphing, joking, with the occasional serious response to a potentially reasonable person of the faith. For other occasions, I wear different clothes, but still manage to act like an ass. Is that being faithful to reason?


Excellent. Cost-Benefit.

And we arrive at the perception of what the cost is. I think many atheists (including me) base their decision partly in trying not to look like a fool. Science is the cool thing, we don't want to be the loser kid. We want an iPhone. So we trust what is giving us what is sleek, shiny, useful. The benefit we don't know it, because we have never been close to the feeling those drunk in god tell us about.

So we perceive the cost to be high, the benefit to be low, since we don't believe in hell anyway.

The cynicism I was talking about is something like.. "hey, the world is indifferent of us, we might be the best citizen, charitable and all, and die in a car accident at 25, why do we even try" or "why do we try, if everything is determined" or "i'm going to die anyway, whats the use". I see the flaws here, as it can be easily pointed out that many if not all atheists are model citizens compared to blind believers, but psychologically speaking I think those type of thoughts surface to our conscious mind often, and could be only the tip of the iceberg.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby BigBallinStalin on Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:36 am

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Excellent. Cost-Benefit.

And we arrive at the perception of what the cost is. I think many atheists (including me) base their decision partly in trying not to look like a fool. Science is the cool thing, we don't want to be the loser kid. We want an iPhone. So we trust what is giving us what is sleek, shiny, useful. The benefit we don't know it, because we have never been close to the feeling those drunk in god tell us about.

So we perceive the cost to be high, the benefit to be low, since we don't believe in hell anyway.


I was into SCIENCE before it became cool.
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nietzsche wrote:The cynicism I was talking about is something like.. "hey, the world is indifferent of us, we might be the best citizen, charitable and all, and die in a car accident at 25, why do we even try" or "why do we try, if everything is determined" or "i'm going to die anyway, whats the use". I see the flaws here, as it can be easily pointed out that many if not all atheists are model citizens compared to blind believers, but psychologically speaking I think those type of thoughts surface to our conscious mind often, and could be only the tip of the iceberg.


So you think most of us are pessimistic fatalists?

This reminds me of something relevant:

Books which cover Two Basic Visions on Humanity and the World:

Sowell, Thomas. A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
White, Lawrence. The Clash of Economic Ideas: The Great Policy Debates and Experiments of the Last Hundred Years
Adam Smith on "The Man of System"


It seems that many subscribe to the 'constrained' view of humanity. Basically, they view humans as too stupid to overcome their own problems; therefore, they need me and/or Government X (or god) to rescue them. Examples include people like Thomas Malthus and his ideas. Notice the Malthusian arguments that many environmentalists make, and note that most of them typically have no appreciation of and understanding of the market process (thus they will adopt that fatalist and pessimistic view about humans). Religious fundamentalists tend to exhibit this behavior too.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:31 am

nietzsche wrote:BBS, if it was concluded that (after decent research) humans need some certain amount of "magical thinking" to function properly or optimally, what would be your say in surrendering to it? i.e. being spiritual, being religious?

I don't remember where it was published but a study showed that "magical thinking" provides a release of dopamine necessary for healthy living. I'm not saying being healthy means being religious, but, we are humans, rational animals after all. Takes me back to Laputa.

I would venture that EVERYONE has the anxiety of dying, being responsible for their life. Some have it very hidden, everyone deals with it in a different manner. Cynicism is a high price to pay. Stoicism is pessimism even if you want to think otherwise.

Is it the boldness of youth?

Would you sacrifice part of your life yearnings only to be faithful to reason?


Not sure what the question-begging term "magical thinking" means here. Not having religion doesn't mean that you only ever worry about food and electronic gadgets.
I am as capable of looking at a bright moon , or a rainbow, or the Mona Lisa, and going "Wow!" as anyone. And I'd posit that I have a healthier attitude than some monk wearing a hair shirt for his supposed sins and flogging himself.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby Neoteny on Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:28 pm

BigBallinStalin wrote:
Neoteny wrote:I like this thread. The best argument for god, I think, is the one about feeling Jesus pulsing in your heart of hearts, or however that goes. I think the human experience, and a certain amount of psychology, connects well with that concept for some reason. It's effective for that reason, and what I feel a lot of theism really boils down to. And necessarily so, or what's the point of it?


So, basically "cognitive bias" + "appeal to emotion" = Best Argument for God? (or rather best explanation for the belief in God?)


Yes and yes. My favorite is gap god, but I think the most effective is the appeal to emotion.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby jonesthecurl on Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:31 pm

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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby AndyDufresne on Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:47 pm

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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby jonesthecurl on Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:28 am

jonesthecurl wrote:
AAFitz wrote:
jonesthecurl wrote:
AAFitz wrote:The best and only real argument for God, is that he could be there.


Well, I left a bunch of voicemails and he never answered.


You called the wrong line. His phone number is pi.


OK
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby jonesthecurl on Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:49 pm

jonesthecurl wrote:
jonesthecurl wrote:
AAFitz wrote:
jonesthecurl wrote:
AAFitz wrote:The best and only real argument for God, is that he could be there.


Well, I left a bunch of voicemails and he never answered.


You called the wrong line. His phone number is pi.


OK
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[still dialing...]



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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby Lootifer on Wed Feb 06, 2013 6:24 pm

BigBallinStalin wrote:It seems that many subscribe to the 'constrained' view of humanity. Basically, they view humans as too stupid to overcome their own problems; therefore, they need me and/or Government X (or god) to rescue them. Examples include people like Thomas Malthus and his ideas. Notice the Malthusian arguments that many environmentalists make, and note that most of them typically have no appreciation of and understanding of the market process (thus they will adopt that fatalist and pessimistic view about humans). Religious fundamentalists tend to exhibit this behavior too.

I know I do!

I'd change my sig to "Never under-estimate the power of human stupidity" but im too... conservative.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby jonesthecurl on Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:19 am

Lootifer wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:It seems that many subscribe to the 'constrained' view of humanity. Basically, they view humans as too stupid to overcome their own problems; therefore, they need me and/or Government X (or god) to rescue them. Examples include people like Thomas Malthus and his ideas. Notice the Malthusian arguments that many environmentalists make, and note that most of them typically have no appreciation of and understanding of the market process (thus they will adopt that fatalist and pessimistic view about humans). Religious fundamentalists tend to exhibit this behavior too.

I know I do!

I'd change my sig to "Never under-estimate the power of human stupidity" but im too... conservative.


That quote doesn't mean that YOU have to be stupid.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby john9blue on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:54 am

Lootifer wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:It seems that many subscribe to the 'constrained' view of humanity. Basically, they view humans as too stupid to overcome their own problems; therefore, they need me and/or Government X (or god) to rescue them. Examples include people like Thomas Malthus and his ideas. Notice the Malthusian arguments that many environmentalists make, and note that most of them typically have no appreciation of and understanding of the market process (thus they will adopt that fatalist and pessimistic view about humans). Religious fundamentalists tend to exhibit this behavior too.

I know I do!

I'd change my sig to "Never under-estimate the power of human stupidity" but im too... conservative.


i have that view as well, but i don't trust government because government is just a bunch of relatively stupid humans who don't know me trying to solve my problems.

if there is a god, then they would be much better at doing so, because they aren't human.
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Re: Come ye faithful and ye atheist rabble.

Postby crispybits on Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:18 am

john9blue wrote:
Lootifer wrote:
BigBallinStalin wrote:It seems that many subscribe to the 'constrained' view of humanity. Basically, they view humans as too stupid to overcome their own problems; therefore, they need me and/or Government X (or god) to rescue them. Examples include people like Thomas Malthus and his ideas. Notice the Malthusian arguments that many environmentalists make, and note that most of them typically have no appreciation of and understanding of the market process (thus they will adopt that fatalist and pessimistic view about humans). Religious fundamentalists tend to exhibit this behavior too.

I know I do!

I'd change my sig to "Never under-estimate the power of human stupidity" but im too... conservative.


i have that view as well, but i don't trust government because government is just a bunch of relatively stupid humans who don't know me trying to solve my problems.

if there is a god, then they would be much better at doing so, because they aren't human.


I agree - but I see religion as another bunch of stupid humans - if there is a God and he demonstrates his/her/it's existence and starts acting directly to sort things out then I'll be all for it.
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