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  •  OK guys, cut the crap: here's what'up with this: (7+ / 0-)

    Religious belief is mediated by at least two areas of the brain.  The degree and type of activity of these areas is highly correlated with religious experiences and beliefs.  

    One of these involves "deeply-felt sense of personal meaning in relation to something larger than self."  Strictly speaking that does not produce or entail religion as-such, for example one might have deep feelings of awe in relation to the natural world as elucidated by science.  

    The other of these areas involves the concept of a deity specifically.  

    Most human traits vary along a normal curve.  Thus we would expect that degree of activity or interconnectedness of each of these areas of the brain varies accordingly.  And from this we get the spectrum of subjective experiences about religion and feelings about religion, that in turn determine individual beliefs about religion, both for and against.  

    Delusional beliefs are those that are provably disjunct from empirical reality.  

    However when you can't demonstrate empirical evidence for or against something being real (e.g. a deity, a hereafter), the matter is left open to subjective attitudes and opinions.  

    Many subjective attitudes and preferences are not susceptible to empirical treatment.  Which form of music is "better" and which is "worse"...?  Which brand of ice cream tastes best?  I could run around extolling the virtues of Strauss Farms ice cream while you tell me I'm delusional and some other brand tastes better.  So?

    Where religion becomes delusional is where it becomes provably disjunct from empirical reality: for example when someone believes that their deity will save them from all manner of danger.  But areligious and irreligious delusions are every bit as dangerous, for example Lysenkoism, not to mention all the various "master race" theories.  

    It's easy, but ultimately disingenuous, to ascribe delusion to differences of opinions about purely subjective matters.  The religious right does that all the time about sexuality.  

    "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

    by G2geek on Mon Aug 13, 2012 at 06:47:57 AM PDT

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