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religion and the brain

Lester Zick lesterDELzick at worldnet.att.net
Fri Oct 22 15:32:11 EST 2004


On Fri, 22 Oct 2004 15:06:55 -0500, Paul Bramscher
<brams006_nospam at tc.umn.edu> in comp.ai.philosophy wrote:

>Wolf Kirchmeir wrote:
>> rick++ wrote:
>> 
>>> This week's Time magazine reviews the new book "The God Gene".
>>> It takes the materialistic view that transcendental feelings
>>> have an evolutionary biology role as a community-enhancing survival 
>>> trait.
>>> One could equally take the opposing view that there is a spiritual 
>>> reality
>>> out there and life has developed rudimentary senses to perceive it.
>> 
>> 
>> Sure, but why would life do that? Other living things get along just 
>> fine without any awareness of a spiritual reality. By contrast, humans 
>> have a propensity to kill each other in disputes about the nature of 
>> spiritual reality (more precisely, they kill each other over 
>> disagreements about the correct ways to talk about it.) If that's what 
>> awareness of spiritual reality leads to, I earnestly pray to it to make 
>> itself unavailable to whatever sense is supposedly aware of it.
>
>It had to be said -- you beat me to it.
>
>One look at human history since ancient Sumeria casts an ill omen on any 
>spiritual propensity among us.  Indeed, crusades, genocides, bigotries, 
>and the like might be nature's way of weeding "spirituality" out, rather 
>than in.  Spirituality has been connected to financial power, political 
>hierarchy, and warfare since at least ancient Sumer.  The only sort of 
>spirituality which seems to survive in the face of this is a carnivorous 
>sort, a subversive/oppressed sort, or none at all.

Still doesn't mean it isn't there. Just means you don't know what if
anything spiritual propensity means.

Regards - Lester



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