People who feel lonely are more likely to believe in the supernatural, whether that is God, angels or miracles, a new study finds.
Humans have evolved as social creatures, so loneliness cuts to the quick. Living in groups was critical to the survival and safety of our ancient
ancestors, and "complete isolation or ostracism has been tantamount to a death sentence," said University of Chicago researcher Nicholas Epley, who
led the study.
While group living isn't critical to survival in the modern world, feeling socially connected is. Feeling isolated and lonely is a very painful
emotional state for people, Epley said, and can lead to ill health, both physically and mentally.
"Being socially isolated is just not good for you," he said.
In some aspects it could be said people go mad as such but in others, it's like tuning into the universe. Many people pray in silence meditate as
such and feel the presence of something beyond them in all societies.
But to add to this you have to be in a quiet place to sometimes take away all the non-sense the world throws at you and tells you what to think. When
people do they realise peace that is there is also associated with God, something special something beyond them selves the missing connection.
When you are about to fall asleep or you take a few hours to and its quiet you find that the mind starts exploring possibilities and theories of life
and the universe when in fact in the day time people get too busy to even care. Then they calm down and realise, maybe all the fuss of life is quite
shallow to the meanings of why we are alive and how we go about treating people and the fragile earth.
This Internet can sometimes plug us into this mode of thought and a website like ATS may be doing that to us when we explore the deeper meanings of
Most people on ATS are probably thinking these things anyway, but you find that because you are in a quiet room, all alone, creative sense of
thinking, looking for the mysterious world, we are in fact tuning into that mode of thinking anyway.
I think science is trying to be too mechanical in how the mind thinks and too text book over it, you don't need theories that brush away thinking
that could delve into a deeper science.
It's like saying if you think too much about science then it’s because you are a geeky loner that is why you like science and most likely work in a
But on the other hand, you will get some people who are socially loners and are bound to fall into some mental collapsed state. I don't think it all
relates to believing in God as many of those that end up in this pattern end up thinking they are God and feel like they can bring their own extreme
answers to questions to the world in psychopathic ways.
There is a difference but it goes in circles, which can be deceiving.