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I read it. Just asking WHY help people?
Just tell me sir, why you want to be a humanist? Whats the PURPOSE??
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Humans are rational beings, we need a higher purpose to feel a sense of well being. Spiritual people have it. Others get cognitive dissonance and to counter that their cortex gets thinner, simply put they operate more lower animals like.
You don't need a God to have a higher purpose.
My "higher purpose" is humanist. I like to help others. Make life better on this planet 1 action at a time.
One thing I have noticed in my 40+ years here on this Earth is that God isn't here to help us. All we got is each other.
edit on 12/31/2013 by bigfatfurrytexan because: (no reason given)
Didn't you read his post? The one that you quoted?
I like to help others. Make life better on this planet 1 action at a time.
Seems pretty self-explanatory.
I feel I should explain my earlier sentiment. Firstly, religion and spirituality are not synonymous. Secondly, religion is to spirituality as democracy is to government. Again, they are not synonymous. So I can agree that spirituality may be attributed to evolution. Religion, on the other hand, is not evolution. Religion, like democracy, is the people deciding to exploit, optimize or otherwise manipulate what evolution has instilled within us.
Basically, you can have the capacity for enormous intelligence and squander it. I taught at an inner city school and saw it every day. I saw kids who could have gone very far, had the capacity for enormous intelligence, but they chose to not use it.
Instead, they lived in the world of the present steeped in their base instincts, desires and emotions, acting more like animals. I also saw kids who went the other way, but it was far more likely they wouldn't bother.
Is it that the thicker brain was a product of your ancestors of something you built up over time yourself because of the thought processes involved in maintaining a spiritual/religious state of mind?
Brains develop and form connections, grow and change over time.
For the new study, the researchers twice asked 103 adults between the ages of 18 and 54 how important religion or spirituality was to them and how often they attended religious services over a five year period.
In addition to being asked about spirituality, the participants' brains were imaged once to see how thick their cortices were.
All the participants were the children or grandchildren of people who participated in an earlier study about depression.
Some had a family history of depression, so they were considered to be at high risk for the disorder. Others with no history served as a comparison group.
The major structures that seems to be referenced in this article does not grow/change after adulthood has been reached(really in a human lifespan as best i can tell) and during that time i don't think it is being suggested that our religious/spiritual thinking is affecting that growth or change in our lifetimes.
Stellaredit on 31-12-2013 by StellarX because: (no reason given)
I guess you will have to take this along with other articles into consideration.
Well, maybe the practice of eating fish by Christians is causing the difference in the brain. Until recently not much was proven about the effect of fish on brain development. Jesus's sign is the fish. The tradition of Fish fries on friday originated from Christianity. Lots of our traditions have basis in health. Look at the health benefits from a sip of wine for communion every day.
The species was not only geographically widespread, it also had a long temporal span in the hominin fossil record (Antón 2003). With its earliest appearance in the fossil record from localities in the Lake Turkana Basin, Kenya, sometime around two million years ago, H. erectus populations persisted until near the end of the Pleistocene, as evidenced by fossils from Southeast Asia
Language is perhaps the hallmark human trait, but can be difficult to assess directly from the fossil record. Attempts to identify language ability in the fossilized skeletal remains of H. erectus have focused on aspects of the nervous system, including the size of the vertebral canal (a proxy for the size of the spinal cord), and external features of endocasts (natural fossils of endocranial space and a proxy for brain size and shape). Thus far, there have been no definitive anatomical findings to cause researchers to reject the idea that H. erectus was capable of some kind of human-like proto-language.
Recent genomics research has shown that a large mutation about 2.4m years ago disabled the key muscle protein in human jaws. We still have the disabled protein today, and that weakened jaw enabled a raft of innovations. The ape brain could not grow because of the huge muscle load anchored to the skull's crest, and apes cannot articulate speech-like sounds because of the clumsy force of their jaws. This mutation allowed the increase in human brain size and the acquisition of language.
The presence of FOXP2 in the Neanderthal genome has been widely touted as strong evidence they were capable of speech. For example, the National Geographic story on the discovery of FOXP2 in Neanderthals is “Neanderthals had same “language gene” as humans.” “From the point of this gene, there is no reason to think that Neandertals did not have language as we do“
Nonetheless, the anatomical evidence is hard to ignore. Particularly given that some of it would actually hinder a Neanderthals’ chance of survival. The larynx is a valve in the throat that prevents food from getting into the lungs but in human and Neanderthals it has shifted position4, improving the range of sounds but increasing our risk of choking to death.
Evolution would not select for these features unless Neanderthals were doing something beneficial with them.