Schizotypalism, evolution, and religion
Here Stanford Neurologist (Dr Sapolsky) presented a theory that Paul’s religiosity came from a form of epilepsy, prophets were schizotypal, the writers of Jewish religious law for cleansing had OCD, and under the right circumstances mental illness could convey an evolutionary advantage through the conduit of religion. He mentions that brain damage makes rats and people more susceptible to superstition. (I’ll note that Schizophrenia has made at least one feminist vulnerable to believing she was being stalked by mailmen, who were mostly male.)
Pastor calls for killing gays for AIDs free Christmas
Hunter Gatherer Afluence
Behold the Man
Found this sci-fi classic about a guy who builds a time machine and goes to meet Jesus only to find that Jesus is a retard and Mary is a whore. Joseph openly scoffs at her claim to have been impregnated by God. So he takes up Jesus’s role, and his last words as he dies on the cross are in English, “It’s all a lie, it’s all a lie.”
The same author wrote “Epic Pooh:”
In this essay he criticized C.S. Lewis and Tolkein for writing comforting fantasies with prose that belongs on the walls of a nursery school. He says they rely on escapism, conservative Toryism that yearns for the simple rural life, believes themselves inherently justified against some vaguely described evil, and they don’t challenge the reader. Instead they deliberately impart Christian propaganda in the former case, and rather inevitably can’t help but do the same in the second. He refers to Rowling’s work as equally escapist, and praises the writing, questioning and tensions of writers like Ursula Le Guin.
I think he’s onto something and if I ever try my hand at fantasy again I would do well to keep in mind that you can have more than escapism. You can provide relief from the real life, while actually asking provocative questions that give insights into the reader’s cause of anxiety.
Mom’s imaginary friend more important than her son
This reddit post really sums up how religion divides people rather than bringing them together. I find it hilarious that Ruth in the bible says, “I will follow you, and your God will be my god,” which Christians think is a big deal, but really since gods don’t exist this doesn’t sound as profound to me. Maybe I too would say something similar if I had to value a relationship more than keeping the truth. There’s no harm in saying nice words when you don’t believe they have power right?
Winning arguments for Theists?
It’s like a game of whack of mole. You explain to them why some trait isn’t proof of intelligent of design in evolution or astronomy, and they’ll still go to Utah and see an eroded rock and think, “My God, I knew you were real.”
Retired Tampa police captain tried to use stand your ground law after he shot someone in a movie theater for throwing popcorn in his face.