Started by Brian37, June 21, 2015, 11:30:11 AM
Quote from: CrucifyCindy on August 08, 2015, 09:23:04 PMWhile religion is not a primary cause of racism or tribalism, it serves to reinforce racism and/or tribalism (I personally see no difference between racism or tribalism). Which is the one of the purposes of religion...it is a tool for order.
Quote from: aitm on August 08, 2015, 09:54:11 PM People believe in the god their culture created, which happens to explain why prayers are equally ineffective to any god.
Quote from: CrucifyCindy on August 08, 2015, 10:47:05 PMA person's god is the embodiment of their culture just as a culture's sacred law is nothing more than their prejuduce and taboos made sacred.
Quote from: Baruch on August 09, 2015, 10:51:28 AM"gods" certainly exist in the minds of any that believe in them. Humans have that kind of power of creation ... our fictions are real, on a personal, and sometimes collective plane. This is why we are capable of manifesting Hell ... all we have to do is believe in it and desire it ... and at least in people's minds, it exists. Unfortunately what lies in the Id (see Forbidden Planet) often manifests itself into the daylight!The metaphysical hypothesis of G-d is something else. It is an attempt, usually Eastern, to grasp the greatest metaphysical generalization. But such generalizations are intellectually empty ... intellect is found in the particular, not the general. Imagine two people playing chess. Now imagine they are playing only in their minds without chess pieces or a chess board. Next imagine that there are no players. But what is metaphysical can be indirectly experienced however.
Quote from: Baruch on August 09, 2015, 05:23:35 PMOf course, we make things up. That is what children do. Fancy doth run where it will. It is Plato that supposes that we have a magic Greek male organ that allows us to see reality.Maybe 3-d glasses from the movie theater, while watching Avatar? What you see is the post-processing rendition of a 2-d image on your two retinas, a rendition that can be imaged electrically on the back side of your cerebrum (above the cerebellum). Images that originally were upside down, and can be pre-processed using something called glasses/contacts. Really not all that different from Disney processes. Unfortunately the only way you can "get out" of your avatar body while marooned on this barbarous planet, is by dying. In any case, the illusion of existing and moving in 3-d is very convincing, given that what you actually experience is inside your head, not outside it ... as virtual reality systems will approximate better and better.So it may be shit, but is very sophisticated, not developed by Disney Imagineers ... and not the result of random couplings of atoms.