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Huh. Via utforsker. Equally offensive to mainstream Monotheists and Pagans. Yet possessed of a very discomfiting bit of truth. Thoughts, anyone?

Also, today is the 7-year anniversary of my first day working at this organization. Why does this make me queasy?

Some people get motion-sick; I get inertia-sick.

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_blackjack_
Feb. 23rd, 2005 12:43 am (UTC)
You know, I'd love to talk to someone who grew up in a family like mine (meaning: "No, the god thing is a myth. Some people believe it, but we don't") but who actually does believe in a personal god.

Such people exist. Simone Weil is a well-known example. She was raised in the tradition of European agnostic socialist Jewry, but embraced Roman Catholicism (of all things) after serving with the Republicans in the Spanish Civil War. Generally speaking, such conversions are the result of some sort of "religious experience", usually framed in a I-can't-explain-it-you-just-had-to-be-there context.

Personally, I suspect that there is a biological aspect to the whole thing. There is evidence that a specific area of the brain is stimulated by religious activities, and I think that the intrinsically (as opposed to habitually) non-religious simply don't have that particular bit of wiring.
chadu
Feb. 23rd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Or never got that bit of the skullmeat stimulated in just the right way.

I have a couple of the "god part of the brain" books on my wishlist to get and read eventually.

For a fun, wacked out take, there's always Jaynes's The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind which has nearly no scientific credence anymore, but is nifty as hell.

CU
_blackjack_
Feb. 23rd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Or never got that bit of the skullmeat stimulated in just the right way.

If it hasn't happened yet, I doubt it would. Moreover, I tend to take a sufficiently analytical, objective approach to my own brain function that if it did happen, I would probably just go "huh," and move on. I'm the sort of guy who uses getting drunk as an opportunity to perform neurophysiological experiements on myself.
chadu
Feb. 23rd, 2005 02:49 am (UTC)
He's not a happy drunk, he's a Skinner drunk!

:)

CU

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