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Notice that this is the part where Trihalo stops posting sources. He makes three statements that are all supported by sources, then he drops this pile of rubbish and doesn't even bother with evidence.
Originally posted by wildtimes
reply to post by Elouina
Wow, elouina. You seemed to be a very devout "God" person...all your threads bashing TPTB.
You have surprised me here.
High morals, respect for all life, and empathy for fellow humans can come from more than just religion. Perhaps those of us that don't need religion have evolved in a sense. l know plenty of humans right now that would turn caveman if there were no police or fake Gods around to srike fear in them. Really God was invented to control the masses.
Increased brain size
In this set of theories, the religious mind is one consequence of a brain that is large enough to formulate religious and philosophical ideas. During human evolution, the hominid brain tripled in size, peaking 500,000 years ago. Much of the brain's expansion took place in the neocortex. This part of the brain is involved in processing higher order cognitive functions that are connected with human religiosity. The neocortex is associated with self-consciousness, language and emotion. According to Dunbar's theory, the relative neocortex size of any species correlates with the level of social complexity of the particular species. The neocortex size correlates with a number of social variables that include social group size and complexity of mating behaviors. In chimpanzees the neocortex occupies 50% of the brain, whereas in modern humans it occupies 80% of the brain.
Robin Dunbar argues that the critical event in the evolution of the neocortex took place at the speciation of archaic homo sapiens about 500,000 years ago. His study indicates that only after the speciation event is the neocortex large enough to process complex social phenomena such as language and religion. The study is based on a regression analysis of neocortex size plotted against a number of social behaviors of living and extinct hominids.
Stephen Jay Gould suggests that religion may have grown out of evolutionary changes which favored larger brains as a means of cementing group coherence among savannah hunters, after that larger brain enabled reflection on the inevitability of personal mortality.
if an atheist has morals and values, she he can bet that those same
morals and values came from religion and Christianity in particular.
So you tell me: am I mentally ill? Or am I just...visionary?
smallest of particles and the largest of galaxies,
OK! you guys are going to have to do better then this.
I heard it all before, tell me something I don't know.
All right, fine. Empathy is nice, it's recommended by Sesame Street and Public schools everywhere. Empathy involves sharing or identifying with other peoples' feelings. Since your morals and values come from this, it must be your highest value.
As an atheist, I take my morals and values from this little thing I like to call empathy.
What? How does that follow? Or, what logical analysis did you utilize to reach that conclusion?
If you rely on a god to give you morals, that must mean you have no empathy.
That was a lot of fluff and non sequiturs to say religious people are crazy and hurt people. I know that's your belief, but those statements were roughly equivalent to ...., but never mind, there's nothing that that statement is equivalent to. It is entirely illogical and unsupported by anything.
That's one of the key characteristics of psychopathy, did you know that? The inability or reduced ability to empathize with fellow creatures. That's why it's so easy for them to hurt people.
So if we want to talk about "mentally ill"...well, you catch my drift, I'm sure.