Re: Extropianism & Theology

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Sat, 27 Feb 1999 01:00:57 -0700

At 02:57 PM 2/27/99 +1100, "Timothy Bates" <> wrote:
>I think that the current high retained levels of religion in the western
>world cannot be explained by anything other than a genetic predisposition,
>especially when they are found in otherwise intelligent and worldly people.
In my opinion, there are three fundamental reasons why people believe in religion.

The first factor is the human predilection for anthropomorphism. See '#TL05AB: ANTHROPOMORPHISM AND RELATED PHENOMENA' <>.

The second factor is what remains in the human brain and psyche from our "bicameral heritage." See 'The Other Side of Religion' <>, with particular emphasis on 'Appendix - The Biological Basis for Religion.'

The third factor can be inferred from Al Siebert's book, 'Peaking Out: How My Mind Broke Free from the Delusions of Psychiatry.' It could be called the "aggrandized-noun" phenomenon. It derives from Melanie Klein's insight she called the "good-mother/bad-mother split": "...each infant experiences two different beings in its life -- a good, powerful, nurturing, comforting, all-knowing being and a bad, hurting, dangerous one." [Look up "Melanie Klein" in the Index.]

Frederick Mann

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