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It is not accurate to call religious fundamentalism a disease, because that term refers to a pathology that physically attacks the biology of a system. But fundamentalist ideologies can be thought of as mental parasites. A parasite does not usually kill the host it inhabits, as it is critically dependent on it for survival. Instead, it feeds off it and changes its behavior in ways that benefit its own existence. By understanding how fundamentalist ideologies function and are represented in the brain using this analogy, we can begin to understand how to inoculate against them, and potentially, how to rehabilitate someone who has undergone ideological brainwashing—in other words, a reduction in one’s ability to think critically or independently.
In this regard, it is often not the brain that controls the mind, but the memes that compose the mind that control the brain. This is especially the case when the meme is a religion.
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originally posted by: FyreByrd
originally posted by: rickymouse
Your description of a parasite fits a fetus perfectly, robbing energy and nutrients from the mother to form.
Symbiote - not parasite in the case of the fetus.
originally posted by: Majic
a reply to: FyreByrd
Ironically, the article is so stridently subjective in its assumptions and assertions that it literally constitutes its own fundamentalist ideology.
How much did you give to charity in 2018?
originally posted by: FyreByrd
I wasn't going to post this but can't help myself (poor impulse control).
It is not accurate to call religious fundamentalism a disease, because that term refers to a pathology that physically attacks the biology of a system. But fundamentalist ideologies can be thought of as mental parasites.
Christian Lundberg, an associate professor of rhetoric at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, argues that the arc of a typical TED talk follows a common pattern in evangelical homiletics.
In the classic arc of an evangelical sermon, the preacher identifies some moment of fallenness in the world, and then appeals to a text or idea that, properly interpreted, can redeem the rupture. I
ts a narrative of discovery; the sermon-giver offers “a nugget of truth that transforms my existence,” as Lundberg puts it.
In an evangelical sermon, that nugget of truth comes from the Bible. I
n something like a TED talk, the nugget usually comes through science or a technical breakthrough. But the basic appeal is the same: here is an idea—here is the Word—that will change your life.
TED, Lundberg argues, is tapping into “this really powerful cultural story about the character of redemption and the redemptive power of ideas.”
originally posted by: TheTruthRocks
It's the same psychological processes at work that compel a person to pursue conspiracy theories and claims of extraterrestrial visitation.
One of the driving factors that make mysteries (puzzles, stories, novels, movies, etc.) so widely compelling is that the brain receives an increase of endorphins as a product of problem solving. It's a simple way to get a "pleasure fix;" it's an addictive behavior, and many people get hooked.
In the case of fundamentalism and conspiracy theories, confirmation bias also plays a huge role because, as social commentator Frank Zappa wisely pointed out, "People don't know what they like--they like what they know." A person that consumes lots of information supporting a position or case begins to believe it, no matter how unbelievable it may appear to an outsider.