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    DFWmom, JosephK74, Helpless

    As I've mentioned before, I have a condition called Reward Deficiency Syndrome (RDS), which basically mutes or silences self-congratulatory impulses due to a dysfunction of some of the dopamine receptors in the brain. It makes positive emotional reactions to one's accomplishments or deeds all but impossible, though you can still evaluate how well or poorly you did in a more dispassionate way, intellectually.

    I also find religion incomprehensible. There is simply no point of emotional contact for me, though again I can always call on my analytic powers. I thought for many years that I was an unbeliever, but it isn't that at all. Religious sentiments are not, to me, erroneous; they are random noise, gibberish. I don't, for instance, think that belief in God is an error; I simply can't understand why anyone would invest any feeling in such a strange absurdity in the first place. As Bohr is said to have remarked about an academic paper he read, "This isn't right. This isn't even wrong."

    This makes me suspect that religion, at bottom, may be little more than human self-congratulation -- patting oneself on the back at the idea that one has a friendly relationship with the biggest Big Brother or Boss or Daddy that can possibly be imagined. I can understand why people would want such a consolation, and why they would have wanted it even more in the past. But I simply can't understand how they can make themselves swallow it.

    "They smash your face in, and say you were always ugly." (Solzhenitsyn)

    by sagesource on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 12:26:18 PM PDT

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