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916Re: [existlist] neurons firing: part 2

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  • Paul R Turner
    Mar 5, 2001
      When we reduce human actions and emotions to scientific explanation we risk the parochial view of the 'genetic fallacy', as Freud did in his analysis of religion.

      By concluding religion was symptomatic of a neurosis it became easy to dismiss the benefits of a religious life (though I am an atheist).




      On Sat, 3 Mar 2001 17:16:45
      Dustin Pickering wrote:
      >I agree here. I read an article once that broke love
      >down into chemical responses in the brain...I found it
      >awfully pathetic.
      >--- jser1692 <jser1692@...> wrote:
      >> I forgot to address this part of the post in my
      >> response; I appologize.
      >> >where we have run into a problem is that we might
      >> wish to
      >> >force others to have the same interpretation and
      >> this leads to inquisitions
      >> >and burnings on the cross ...
      >> Indeed, the forcing of one's interpretation on
      >> others is the ultimate problem.
      >> I hold neither religion nor science as the bearer
      >> of Truth. Inquisitions and
      >> burnings on the cross demonstrate the hiddeous
      >> excesses of forcing upon others
      >> the christian interpretation of Truth. While it
      >> would be ignorant to believe
      >> that such things no longer happen, it would be
      >> unrealistic to believe that
      >> they happen with equal consistency, on an equal
      >> scale as such in past times.
      >> Further, such oppressive tendencies, though
      >> tragically powerful, present a
      >> clear front for resistance. Now, would it be
      >> misguided to say that science,
      >> once entirely threatened by religion, now holds the
      >> higher ground - at least
      >> in western society? Personally, I see christianity
      >> taking a back seat to the
      >> findings of this study, that survey, this finding,
      >> etc, concerning the means
      >> for directing one's life. The inherent dangers in a
      >> culture dominated by
      >> scientific (more accurately, scientism) processes,
      >> are founded in my prior
      >> post. Reducing a thinking, feeling, and vulnerable
      >> being to neurons
      >> firing-and all of those other "workings" that do
      >> little for humanity, save
      >> turning it into machines to further the agenda of
      >> scientism- results in pain
      >> and misery on a level entirely different form that
      >> of the christian
      >> inquisition. The oppression is invisible; that is,
      >> of course, until one turns
      >> on the television, converses with a coworker, or
      >> connects to the internet.
      >> What I hope to have related in this response, is
      >> that the criticism of
      >> religion, at this point in history, is entirely too
      >> safe. While any given
      >> interpretation of Truth warrants a good
      >> re-examination, it seems that the
      >> motives of such examinations are, at best, shady in
      >> the hands of one
      >> subscribing to a dominant interpretation.
      >> regards,
      >> John
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