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  •  it's not about belief, it's about connection. (10+ / 0-)

    There is a specific area of the brain that is engaged with feelings of awe and wonder that are usually associated with religion.  When analyzed in detail, it turns out that the key to this is the deeply-felt sense of personal meaning in relation to something larger than self.  

    The object of that sense of meaning need not be a deity.

    The important part is finding a sense of connection with something larger than yourself.  

    For some, it's a sports team or performing artist, for others a school of philosophy or field of science, for others their family, community, or country, or nature at-large and the universe as a whole.  

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

    by G2geek on Tue Sep 25, 2012 at 06:52:22 AM PDT

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