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Is religion bad for your brain? February 15, 2010

Posted by thegodless in Uncategorized.
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From my perspective, which includes dealing with religionists on a daily basis, it seems that there is a strong correlation between having religious beliefs and having many other absurd ideas. It seems that the same people that have strong convictions regarding religion also tend to believe in an inordinate amount of other absurdities. The following are actual admitted beliefs held by the religious people that I know: Obama is a Muslim, Obama was born in Kenya, 9/11 was plotted and executed by the US government, aliens are watching us, aliens do regular testing on us, aliens originally placed us on earth, global warming is not really happening, women are inferior, African Americans are inferior, gays should be jailed, etc. I could go on for days here, but my point is that with many religious people it is not just their absurd supernatural beliefs that are alarming, it is also their tendency to believe that there is some hidden reality that only they are privileged to see. When you are taught from birth to believe in unlikely things, could it retard logical thinking and make truth impossible to distinguish? Children born into religion are taught that it is a good thing to believe without proof or fact checking. Does learning to ignore massive logical holes at such an early age lead us to a world of conspiracy theorists? Are we just a generation away from witch hunts and a resurgence of paranoia?



1. Holytape - February 17, 2010

Religion is, without doubt, bad for one’s ability to think in a logical manner. In order to believe, you must believe that contradictory statements are both true at once, and questioning authority is actively disapproved.

I think we should make a point to push for more lab based science in grade school. Get kids to actively explore their world. Get kids to start asking more and more questions. We don’t have to worry about spreading atheism per say, but if we increase skepticism, then religion will fall way.

As for witch hunts, who says they ever went away?

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