Religion As A Virus Of The Mind

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    Religion As A Virus Of The Mind: I didn't know Dawkins used this analogy. I am impressed with the succinctness of the analogy as I admire and agree with it's simple profoundness of meaning: "Religions are viruses of the mind."

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    Memes are habits, skills, songs, stories, or any other kind of information that is copied from person to person. Memes, like genes, are replicators...Large groups of memes that are copied and passed on together are called co-adapted meme complexes, or memeplexes.
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    Some memes are almost entirely exploitative, or viral, in nature, including chain letters and e-mail viruses. These consist of a “copy-me” instruction backed up with threats and promises. Religions have a similar structure and this is why Dawkins refers to them as ‘viruses of the mind’.

    Many religions threaten hell and damnation, promise heaven or salvation, and insist that their followers pass on their beliefs to others. This ensures the survival of the memeplex. Other viral memes include alternative therapies that don’t work, and new age fads and cults.

    Relatively harmless memes include children’s games, urban legends and popular songs, all of which can spread like infections.

    http://www.susanblackmore.co.uk/memetics/about memes.htm

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    Does this mean you believe that an invisible, undetectable force controls human society?
     
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    I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. It's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.
     
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    That's fine for the survival or spread of religion, but what of its origins?

    How is it that millennia ago, disparate tribes of people isolated from each other developed virtually the same concepts with regard to religion?

    I've always thought that the most vocal of the religious and also of the agnostic/atheists/non-believers spent so much time trying to explain their position not to convince the listener, but to convince themselves.
     
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    Human nature? Maybe. :eusa_whistle:
     
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    'mystical' being the operative phrase? :lol:
     
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    The last part I agree with wholeheartedly. I've been on both sides.
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    But I have progressed to being a non believer and that precludes most everything.

    Origins? Human nature, genes. Science is recently laying it all out for understanding. It would be exceptional if there were an isolated tribe that did NOT develop along the same lines.
     
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    What planet is that the Mormoans say god lives on?
     
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    Religion isn't meant to be an endeavor of the intellect, but is food for the soul. If humans were purely intellectual, I would venture a guess that we would be the biggest bunch of assholes that ever walked the planet- even more so than we already have a propensity for being. Our social/moral values arise out of religious belief in one form or another.
     
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    Fear, wars and hatred also arise out of religious beliefs.

    I get along a lot better with intellectuals than emotionally driven people.
     

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