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Let’s do some critical thinking about religion without demanding proof or scientific explanations about the existence or not of the typical understanding of an intelligent almighty super being who judges the actions of every human being and the decides whether that being deserves an eternal blissful life or eternal drastic punishment. This God created the universe and populated our planet with life. The majority of these life forms created, were often not very successful and went extinct. The remaining life forms compete with other life forms for survival and compete, kill and eat each other. (the food chain). Also created are many diseases, and imperfections in the offspring. He/she for thousands of years let people create all different kinds of gods without interfering and than decided to finally establish the “correct” religion a few thousand years ago because no one seems to get it right. So now you belong to a relative new religion (say Christian or Muslim) and you find that there are many different versions in your “correct” beliefs.
These are a few observations of reality. Now ask yourself the following questions:
MY latest blog about the misinterpretation of Quantum physics can be found on the Home page of the Atheist Republic at http://www.atheistrepublic.com/blog/ben-andrews/quantum-physics-misused
As you well know, science discoveries, especially quantum mechanics, has been misused by many philosophers and self proclaimed experts to prove that a spiritual world exist, not by experimenting with expensive equipment (Billions of $)but just misinterpreting the recent discoveries in a manner that suit their beliefs, while the experts who use this equipment have other conclusions to draw on the real results of this research.
“British theoretical physicist Brian Cox recently pointed out, there's no room in the Standard Model of Physics for a substance or medium that can carry on our information after death, and yet go undetected in the Large Hadron Collider.
It's become glaringly obvious that the Standard Model of Physics is an incomplete theory, with several gaping holes that physicists have been trying to patch up for decades, but Cox says the existence of ghosts doesn't fall within the 'known unknowns' of the Standard Model. Instead, he says it directly contradicts the one of the most rigorously tested and fundamental laws of the Universe we have - the second law of thermodynamics”. (www.sciencealert.com)
For further reading goto the URL below. For those with cognitive dissonance, don.t bother you won’t accept reality, when it contradicts your believes, anyway.
Why do facts not change the previous contrary opinion of many truth deniers. As a matter of fact (pun intended) facts are often dismissed because of cognitive dissonance and mounting evidence can actually harden their position according the research of Facts Psychology as reported in a recent article in Science American magazine. For example, there are tons of facts about evolution being the only theory which explains evolution by using evidence found in many different fields of research such as geography, ecology, genetics, archaeology, anthropology and linguistics and it is accepted by a over 90% of the scientists in their fields. There are many people who, because of their beliefs, including some scientists, will not accept any of these facts because of the mental stress caused by the conflict with their beliefs, values or ideas. According to Leon Festinger, a person "who experiences inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable, and so is motivated to try to reduce the cognitive dissonance occurring, and actively avoids situations and information likely to increase the psychological discomfort.”.
There are many other areas where we find this phenomenon. People who believe in Homeopathy, where solutions are diluted at 1: 100 and repeated 200 times, will not accept the fact that the solution is totally ineffective .
Climate change is another area where the scientific community has firmly established that it is caused at such a rapid rate, because of the human influence on the atmosphere, but is rejected by the people who have a great interest to continue in the way we produced energy in the past.
Conspiracy theories are rampant and although most of these are easily refuted by available facts, people will not accept reality but instead claim that these facts are manufactured and are part of the conspiracy.
Vaccinations causing autism and the many “cures” that are “kept secret” by Big Pharma and the medical profession are other examples.
Then there are people convinced that Aliens are among us and that pyramids, Nasca Lines in Peru are alien works, although it has been shown that humans are quite capable to create large project like these, with the knowledge and methods they had in the past.
Since we all suffer from cognitive dissonance at some level, only those who can suppress it and change their minds when contrary facts are presented, will be comfortable with new insights and developments. Have an open Mind!
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As an individual you know you exist because you are aware of yourself. What is self-awareness? It is a condition of being aware and being conscious of our environment through the input of our senses. It is a brain function that is located in the brain stem. Psychologist Carroll Izard” emphasizes that consciousness consists of the capacity to generate emotions and an awareness of one’s surroundings. So you know, if you are not suffering from a mental defect, that you are you! This is reality. The establishment of who you are does not solely rest on your awareness, since that uses only the input of the moment, but relies heavily on your memory. If an accidental brain damage destroyed your memory (total amnesia) your old “self” would be destroyed and you will have to start building up a new “self” again. Now try the following exercise, strictly based on reality and current knowledge.
Recall the very first time that you became aware as a person. (I was about two years old). Before that time you were not self-aware. Neuro-science has established that awareness developed slowly when the brain developed. Memory, needed to become self-aware, came later, as you experienced, is a fact you observed yourself. You came out of non-existence into existence slowly. You build up a picture of “self” in your memory, which is well established as a brain function by the many neuro-science researchers who studied brain injuries and have found out which parts of the brain contains memories. These memories are part of your physical brain and they are dependent on those parts working properly, they are not floating around in space. So here we are: we came out of nowhere and our “self’ consists of the memories we have and the immediate information we receive through our senses. We also know, if not impaired, the difference between reality and fantasy, dreams, hallucinations and other non-realistic conditions. What happens next? The only reality about the future of our “self” is the observation of people other than yourself and become aware of what happens. We can observe Altzheimers’ patient when they slowly lose their memory and awareness, a terrible disease. We now know that it is a disease of the brain that is slowly destroying the capacity of the brain to recall memory, or destroying the memory itself. In the end is not only the immediate awareness is gone, but also starts to affect other bodily functions as well. There is only one conclusion to draw. Your self-awareness is totally depended on your brain function and just as awareness developed in the fetus it gets destroyed when the brain dies. Your awareness goes back to the place it was before your brain developed. This is not rocket science. You observed your own development of your self-awareness, and you can observe the reverse process in others. Other pure speculations without any observable facts are not valid. Medical and biological research are pointing at the way to increase the average lifespan, and who knows where the limit is, but for now accept reality. One might not like the knowledge of inevitable death, but one does not have to fear it!
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