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 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 8:03 pm 

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Being a public atheist like these folks must be about as profitable as being a televangelist. Are you a cynical atheist...or cynical theist? I read Richard Dawkins' book: The Selfish Gene in my early twenties... It was one of the most enlightening books I have read... It completely/profoundly chang...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 7:44 pm 

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Jono wrote:
Here's a trailer for the documentary that the video in the OP was talking about:


Much appreciated...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

Posted: 22 Jun 2013, 7:42 pm 

Replies: 106
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It's easier on the brain to be an atheist/agnostic than to be a believer in something like God (especially one that actually cares about the affairs in this world). Atheism/agnosticism is easier intellectually because it actually makes sense... If you aren't a thinker, religion may be better in soo...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 8:01 pm 

Replies: 106
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What has all this got to do with the topic of the thread?

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 7:50 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,618


True, but what does this indicate exactly in terms of cause and effect? How do these differences come about? And if one resolves some maladaptive reactions in the brain with medication and such, does this fix the main psychological issue characterized by these chemical activities? Or is it just a b...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 8:21 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,618


Neuropsychology is a lot more complex than that and in many areas still poorly understood. When a neurotransmitter binds to a receptor, the response of the neuron isn´t a simple one. The neurotransmitter may or may not activate a complex network of intracellular pathways and feedback loops that can...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 8:16 am 

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Views: 1,618


MCalavera wrote:
Why do these chemical activities occur in some people but don't in others?


According to Fisher, different people are influenced differently (to greater or lesser degrees) by different biochemical systems...
I.E. Dopamine, serotonin, estrogen or testosterone systems...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 7:54 am 

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They are important, but they aren't the only factors. Why do these chemical activities occur in some people but don't in others? Is it really strictly a biological thing? Or could the environment also play a role? One of the first things a student is taught in psychology is that there is no simple ...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: So why exactly do we eat cheese?

 Post subject: Re: <Old thread>
Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 6:23 am 

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jk1 wrote:
<Old thread>


And presumably more mature...and tasty... ;)

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 6:19 am 

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Views: 1,618


It's a psychosociobiological thing. Not simply chemicals in the brain. Helen Fisher suggests the importance of various chemical, such as dopamine, serotonin, estrogen and testosterone in psychological states of mind such as lust, romantic love and long term attachment... She expands on this on "The...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Emotion based philosophies the result of chemical addiction?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 5:36 am 

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Views: 1,618


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYfoGTIG7pY[/youtube] A persistent question pops into mind: Are these 3 brain systems, which Helen Fisher talks about, also involved in the "love"/attachment to some philosophical beliefs? Could these biological mechanisms also explain the dependencies on irra...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 4:01 am 

Replies: 106
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Jono wrote:

It looks interesting. I like Lawrence Kraus, perhaps I should check out the documentary that they're talking about.


Krauss and Dawkins...
The dynamic duo...
They are both brilliant and a great team...

Not sure but I think the doc is just out...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: So why exactly do we eat cheese?

Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 3:17 am 

Replies: 54
Views: 4,769


OneStepBeyond wrote:
it tastes good


It tastes good...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Rise of the New Atheists?

 Post subject: Rise of the New Atheists?
Posted: 21 Jun 2013, 3:01 am 

Replies: 106
Views: 5,786


"professor Richard Dawkins and physicist Lawrence Krauss sit down with Steve Paikin to tell us why indeed, they don't believe."
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEClFXjx_fQ[/youtube]

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why does society view us this way?

Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 6:38 pm 

Replies: 89
Views: 6,191


Keni wrote:

We are in the early stages of educating the wider society.
Our grandchildren will wonder what the fuss was.


"It won't happen overnight, but it will happen"...
As the old shampoo advertisement stated...

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi oi oi!... ;)

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why does society view us this way?

 Post subject: Re: Asperger's to Society
Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 6:34 pm 

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Views: 6,191


The reason most people often ignore or make fun of people with autism or Asperger's is because of two things: ignorance and lies in the media. Neurotypicals, or NT's, don't have it, so they don't know what it truly is. It's natural for people to be afraid of differences, but that doesn't mean it's ...
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