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Already did. I gave a few basic links showing that religion and religious beliefs are part of basic human evolutionary psychology and therefore it's not a 'disorder' to believe.
It's a basic part of the human condition and always has been.
I totally agree. But in a traditional society, a shaman can have extreme religious experiences and a 'mana personality' while functioning perfectly in a societal role that is validated and supported by the society.
Today, its much more difficult for 'mana personalities' to find a role in society that they can function in.
edit on 23-11-2013 by BlueMule because: (no reason given)
Science has taken the cosmological function from religion but religion still holds the social function. In a war of incomplete / dysfunctional mythological systems (and here I count science as a dysfunctional mythological system), the mystic is caught between clashing archetypal images in the collective unconscious.
reply to post by FlyersFan
It's basic evolutionary psychology. (I LOVE
evolutionary psychology .. it's fascinating)
Indeed. It certainly is...endlessly.
we've been down this road before, and when people with this philosophical belief principal enter the political arena, you get book burnings and human furnaces built.
it is a very fringe taboo subject... in America...
our academia usually write these few off as fringe lunacy.
Robert Wright (born 1957) is an American journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author of best-selling books about science, evolutionary psychology, history, religion, and game theory, including The Evolution of God, Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny, The Moral Animal, and Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bloggingheads.tv. He is a Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, a think tank that has been described as radical centrist in orientation.
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I think the term Mental disorder is the problem here, it only gets its meaning from a persons perspective in other words its a meaningless term that can a apply to anything that occurs in the mind.
reply to post by SisyphusRide
I see, so...you're not going to tell us what your credentials are to speak about psychiatry and sociology.
Not sure where you're coming from, pal, but, your style leaves a lot to be desired. (i.e., e.g. SOURCES?)
The only problem here is that religious people don't like hearing facts or concrete evidence that dispells the notion that they are well-adjusted, sane individuals.
Perspective my friends, its all about perspective.
No the problem here is people are getting their notions of religion from THEIR LOCAL RELIGION, their local culture... tabloids and movies and neighbors and their own local institutions.
reply to post by SisyphusRide
So you are just making pointless ascertions then?