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Why do people believe in god
« on: January 31, 2013, 11:14:45 AM »
Part 1 Beavis and Butthead, or Error management theory. 
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200803/why-do-we-believe-in-god

Part 2 Overactive agency detection and paranoia
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/200803/why-do-we-believe-in-god-ii
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We may believe in God for the same reason that women have to keep slapping Beavis and Butt-head to set them straight.

I am pretty sure that means we have to slap religious people to set them straight.

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Re: Why do people believe in god
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013, 12:14:59 PM »
If that worked, Beavis and Butthead wouldn't keep trying to hit on girls (and needing to be slapped).

It sounds to me that the problem isn't in the overactive false-positive detection, but in getting people to realize that they need to not let it control them.

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Re: Why do people believe in god
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2013, 12:55:33 PM »
Great articles screwtape. They make sense to me. Now pardon me while I go see why the snow is melting outside. The most obvious reason would be that a flying saucer is heating up the area as it prepares to land and kidnap me...
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Re: Why do people believe in god
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2013, 08:36:47 PM »
WoW, my day is filled with false positives.

Ya know screwtape, you just crushed all my fantasies....   :'(
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Re: Why do people believe in god
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2013, 09:24:36 PM »
WoW, my day is filled with false positives.

Ya know screwtape, you just crushed all my fantasies....   :'(

Hey, none of us knew you felt that way about Beavis and Butthead  :P
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Re: Why do people believe in god
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 06:43:35 PM »
First class stuff, thanks for the links screwtape - makes a lot of sense to me :)

I've got one tiny bit of puzzlement about it ... if women don't naturally make the Beavis & Butthead mistake, how come so many of them make such good theists?  :-\ :angel:   Perhaps there's a bit of faking things to please their men  ;)

Another thought - while it's a potential explanation of why people are predisposed to believe in gods, it's not a satisfactory explanation for the power of religion to distort peoples lives in such a variety of bizarre ways.  For that we need to factor in some additional devious creative force or incentive i.e. the real benefits for clergy who shape and exploit a 'tribal' loyalty around their particular brand of the meme.  The immoral manipulation of the gullible into obsequious dependency and misplaced generosity.  It's the power of the payoff for clergy - influence, admiration, sex, wealth, and all the perks and benefits of sheltered employment.
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