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(Daily Mail)   People who believe in god have thicker brains. No I did not say skulls, I said Brains   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 293
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2013-12-31 02:17:29 PM
It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.
 
2013-12-31 02:42:55 PM
I'm sure it takes a lot of mental energy to maintain such levels of cognitive dissonance and self-delusion.
 
2013-12-31 02:47:43 PM
Hence calling someone "thick."

/duh
 
2013-12-31 03:02:24 PM
Tapioca
 
2013-12-31 03:28:21 PM

vudukungfu: Tapioca


exactly my thought.  little lumps of mystery in the pudding.
 
2013-12-31 04:20:19 PM
I wear a size 8 hat, I don't suffer from depression, but as for God, I believe in a higher power, purpose, etc. but certainly don't think he's an old white guy sitting in the clouds stroking his beard and shaking his head about humanity's shenanigans.

/he's too busy on the other side of the universe, with those naughty Delta-Thaurians
 
2013-12-31 04:21:26 PM
Does that make agnostic brain thickness variable?
 
2013-12-31 04:23:33 PM
So thick nothing rational can get in? Got it.
 
2013-12-31 04:25:06 PM
f11project.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-12-31 04:25:34 PM
you said brains twice
 
2013-12-31 04:25:51 PM
Who wants popcorn?
 
2013-12-31 04:27:18 PM

eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.


Hopefully it can also rid the world of the scourge of Atheism as well.  Religion and atheism are both as meaningless as the gods they long to affirm or deny.
 
2013-12-31 04:27:49 PM
Religion and spirituality are two very different things.

One is about ritual and socialization, the other concerns connecting one personally to the universe and finding meaning beyond the tangible.

While religions may die, I doubt spirituality will ever go away completely. It seem to be innate in the majority of the human population.
 
2013-12-31 04:29:57 PM
Atheism is a Religion.
 
2013-12-31 04:31:57 PM
So if a person believes in God, and then becomes an atheist, there is a massive transformation in their brain that occurs? What happens to children's brains when they are told that Santa isn't real? Is that thick layer made out of innocence? Naivete? Pixy Dust?
 
2013-12-31 04:32:49 PM
I see the Fark Tolerance Brigade is out in force.
 
2013-12-31 04:34:34 PM

bingo the psych-o: eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.

Hopefully it can also rid the world of the scourge of Atheism as well.  Religion and atheism are both as meaningless as the gods they long to affirm or deny.


You get rid of religion altogether and I promise atheism goes with it, automatically. You dumb monkey.
 
2013-12-31 04:35:13 PM

bingo the psych-o: eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.

Hopefully it can also rid the world of the scourge of Atheism as well.  Religion and atheism are both as meaningless as the gods they long to affirm or deny.


What are you talking about I love it when people tell me all about nothing.
 
2013-12-31 04:35:14 PM

SuburbanCowboy: So if a person believes in God, and then becomes an atheist, there is a massive transformation in their brain that occurs? What happens to children's brains when they are told that Santa isn't real? Is that thick layer made out of innocence? Naivete? Pixy Dust?


It is made out of very bad research. That stuff is a biatch to get off.
 
2013-12-31 04:35:21 PM

Diogenes: Does that make agnostic brain thickness variable?


Research remains inconclusive.
 
2013-12-31 04:36:21 PM

gaspode: bingo the psych-o: eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.

Hopefully it can also rid the world of the scourge of Atheism as well.  Religion and atheism are both as meaningless as the gods they long to affirm or deny.

You get rid of religion altogether and I promise atheism goes with it, automatically. You dumb monkey.


So evil cannot exist without good?
 
2013-12-31 04:37:25 PM

brimed03: I see the Fark Tolerance Brigade is out in force.


....and all-encompassing.

/don't touch
//the sacred
///cows
 
2013-12-31 04:37:42 PM

letrole: Atheism is a Religion.


0/10
/Done to death
 
2013-12-31 04:37:51 PM

letrole: Atheism is a Religion.


Just like being healthy is an illness
 
2013-12-31 04:38:57 PM

I alone am best: gaspode: bingo the psych-o: eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.

Hopefully it can also rid the world of the scourge of Atheism as well.  Religion and atheism are both as meaningless as the gods they long to affirm or deny.

You get rid of religion altogether and I promise atheism goes with it, automatically. You dumb monkey.

So evil cannot exist without good?


Relatively speaking.
 
2013-12-31 04:40:18 PM
I see the Fark Tolerance Brigade is out in force. Hypocrites.

"Being gay is a lifestyle choice!"
"Being religious is a mental illness!"
 
2013-12-31 04:40:26 PM
What the next Pope may look like.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-31 04:40:34 PM
So the scientist who made the following statement was thick?

"The scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation. His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection".

Atheists and agnostics may have heard of him.  His name was Albert Einstein.
 
2013-12-31 04:41:05 PM
I'm assuming this doesn't include Catholics, as they all seem very depressed.
 
2013-12-31 04:41:13 PM

ecmoRandomNumbers: I'm sure it takes a lot of mental energy to maintain such levels of cognitive dissonance and self-delusion.


Came here to say this, leaving satisfied.
 
2013-12-31 04:41:48 PM
Sorry for the double post, hit submit too early. Probably because of my early religious training.
 
2013-12-31 04:42:25 PM

Doryphore: letrole: Atheism is a Religion.

Just like being healthy is an illness


FFS look at the handle before you bite

that is from one of letrole's favourite cut-and-paste lists

he doesn't even need to type it out, he's used it so often
 
2013-12-31 04:42:31 PM

Mattoon: So the scientist who made the following statement was thick?


Abe Lincoln?
 
2013-12-31 04:43:15 PM

Prophet of Loss: Religion and spirituality are two very different things.

One is about ritual and socialization, the other concerns connecting one personally to the universe and finding meaning beyond the tangible.

While religions may die, I doubt spirituality will ever go away completely. It seem to be innate in the majority of the human population.


The only different between religion and spirituality is the number of followers.
 
2013-12-31 04:43:17 PM

mjjt: Doryphore: letrole: Atheism is a Religion.

Just like being healthy is an illness

FFS look at the handle before you bite

that is from one of letrole's favourite cut-and-paste lists

he doesn't even need to type it out, he's used it so often


I saw it, I'm just playing along today
 
2013-12-31 04:44:10 PM

Mattoon: So the scientist who made the following statement was thick?

"The scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation. His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection".

Atheists and agnostics may have heard of him.  His name was Albert Einstein.


I have been rabidly assured by atheists that he was a full-on disbeliever. Don't know if they were right, but I needed distemper shots when they were done.
 
2013-12-31 04:46:03 PM

positronica: Prophet of Loss: Religion and spirituality are two very different things.

One is about ritual and socialization, the other concerns connecting one personally to the universe and finding meaning beyond the tangible.

While religions may die, I doubt spirituality will ever go away completely. It seem to be innate in the majority of the human population.

The only different between religion and spirituality is the number of followers.


Why do people who can't even define the concepts need to derp the herp a doo?
 
2013-12-31 04:47:52 PM
Me and Arthur, our brains are a little on the smooth side...
 
2013-12-31 04:48:44 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: I'm assuming this doesn't include Catholics, as they all seem very depressed.


No no, that's shame. See fireclown's comment in the most recent Pope Francis thread.
 
2013-12-31 04:49:29 PM

eurotrader: It is good that research is starting to take the medical/mental condition of religiosity as something that can possibly  treated.  Hopefully a treatment regimen will be devised over time to rid the world of the scourge of religion.


Now replace "religion" with "homosexuals" or "blacks". Your ignorance and bigotry shows people what atheists are really like. The outpouring of hate toward Phil Robertson is caused by "projection" where you project your small-mindedness onto someone else.

/Are you proud to be a hateful and prejudiced person?
//Do you talk this way when you are in society and have Christians around you?
 
2013-12-31 04:50:57 PM

Diogenes: Does that make agnostic brain thickness variable?


I doubt it.
 
2013-12-31 04:51:44 PM
The denigration of faith has always struck me as a privileged action.  It's easy to be irreligious if you're upper-middle-class, white, comfortably employed and married.  Life is great for those people.  They don't need the earthly security that religion provides.

But faith in the Almighty might be all that gets many other people through the day.  These are the people for whom belief in a just world, belief in an afterlife, and belief in the meaningfulness of life are really beneficial.

If faith disappeared overnight, these people wouldn't suddenly become rational and prosperous, like upper-middle-class atheists.  They'll remain poor and unscientific, but now additionally depressed and hopeless.
 
2013-12-31 04:53:19 PM

WTFDYW: Who wants popcorn?


Thanks, but I already made tapioca for some strange reason.
 
2013-12-31 04:55:03 PM

Prophet of Loss: Religion and spirituality are two very different things.

One is about ritual and socialization, the other concerns connecting one personally to the universe and finding meaning beyond the tangible.

While religions may die, I doubt spirituality will ever go away completely. It seem to be innate in the majority of the human population.


Religion is simply the organization of spirituality in an effort to connect one's self with a larger group. Religion itself is not bad. Depending on how the doctrine is interpreted and how the religion is practiced is where problems can arise. The people who "hate" religion, have a very skewed view of what religion is and how they are commonly practiced. While religion may be used as an excuse or cited for the reason of bad behavior, it is not the cause. The cause of bad behavior is simply that man is flawed, and without religion this problem would continue (if not be worse than it is). You see, I don't need religion to tell me right from wrong. I have learned right from wrong from my parents, peers, and the world in which I live. Religion provides me a place to congregate with people like and unlike me to share experiences and to learn together. To say that individual thinking is discouraged in religion is a false statement. To claim that people who practice a particular religion are stupid and misguided is beyond a foolish statement. I go to church, I sing hymns, I take communion, and I believe in God. This doesn't mean that I don't believe in evolution or that there is a sky wizard floating in the clouds that controls what we do and the Earth is only a few thousand years old. If anything, religion has caused me to have more questions than it does provide answers to. Isn't that a good thing? Shouldn't we be questioning the world in which we live?
 
2013-12-31 04:55:05 PM
What happened to all the Farkers who always condemn the "Daily Fail" for its terrible and unreliable journalism?
 
2013-12-31 04:55:15 PM

Mattoon: So the scientist who made the following statement was thick?

"The scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation. His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection".

Atheists and agnostics may have heard of him.  His name was Albert Einstein.


"It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it. "
 
2013-12-31 04:55:26 PM

letrole: Atheism is a Religion.


Right on schedule.
 
2013-12-31 04:56:00 PM

Captain Dan: The denigration of faith has always struck me as a privileged action.  It's easy to be irreligious if you're upper-middle-class, white, comfortably employed and married.  Life is great for those people.  They don't need the earthly security that religion provides.

But faith in the Almighty might be all that gets many other people through the day.  These are the people for whom belief in a just world, belief in an afterlife, and belief in the meaningfulness of life are really beneficial.

If faith disappeared overnight, these people wouldn't suddenly become rational and prosperous, like upper-middle-class atheists.  They'll remain poor and unscientific, but now additionally depressed and hopeless.


They wouldnt be as hopeless if they had guns explosives, and no fear of an afterlife...
 
2013-12-31 04:56:33 PM
brimed03: I see the Fark Tolerance Brigade is out in force. Hypocrites.

A) "Being gay is a lifestyle choice!"
B) "Being religious is a mental illness!"

A) Who cares if it is or isn't? Why would it matter in the least?
B) More of a social illness born of the human condition if you ask me.
 
2013-12-31 04:57:00 PM

Ego edo infantia cattus: I'm assuming this doesn't include Catholics, as they all seem very depressed.


It's the guilt.
 
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