# Religion Voted The New Social Evil

NeoDevin
There are many Psychopaths that got degrees in Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, etc...

I don't see your point at all.

Let's not forget how many psychopaths follow the various religions around the world.

Mentor
To everyone - let's remember to not address the poster personally and make comments on how you perceive them, please keep remarks confined to the subject.

W3pcq
I don't know what one has to go through to get a degree in psychology, but my common sense is willing to tell me that a psycopath can't just as easily get a degree as a good person. Whoever a 'good' person is, I don't know.

Your last paragraph is also telling. So, you know for a fact that no man will understand the chemical reactions of the brain? I guess we should stop all neuroscience then? Say in 50 years we do learn about such chemical reactions, where will you conviently place the existence of god then? Some other area of science you have a lack of understanding at that point in time? Current lack of knowledge does not imply the existence of god. This is a very weak argument.

Newton et al used this same logic to rationalize god. He could not solve more than the two body problem of orbital motion, so he said it was god. Then someone came along and mathematically solved it, and it was no longer thanks to God. You are playing the same game here. Esentially, you are pulling the wool over your own eyes.

You wouldn't live long enough to put the complete understanding of even one second of time into words. Neuroscience tells us very little in the grand scheme of things. Of coarse we should be always striving for a more complete understanding. But as an individual, or a group, your knowledge will always be limited.

In what way would it be harder for a psychopath to get a degree?

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NeoDevin
If you find the roots of most religions, you will find that most are based on a person who was practicing philosophy and wisdom.
Perhaps, I haven't study the history of religions, so couldn't say for sure. Do you have any evidence to back this up?

The very reason for them having so many followers was their ability to use reason and teach wisdom.
I would disagree here, I would put forth that religions more often tend to prey on the ignorance, attempting to fill in gaps in knowledge about the afterlife. That combined with fear, both of the professed consequences for disobedience and fear of the unknown are why they have so many followers.

My belief is that no matter what religion, the job of the priest should be to learn and teach wisdom. Not that that is what most do, but I think that some are dedicated out of love to accomplish that purpose, and some can teach you things that do not rely on faith.
Some are...'', Some can...'' Are you going to tell me that there are no psychologists/psychiatrists who are dedicated to helping people, no teachers who are dedicated to teaching and learning? The fact that most do not' should be a big red flag to anyone going to look for wisdom from a priest.

W3pcq
Perhaps, I haven't study the history of religions, so couldn't say for sure. Do you have any evidence to back this up?

I would disagree here, I would put forth that religions more often tend to prey on the ignorance, attempting to fill in gaps in knowledge about the afterlife. That combined with fear, both of the professed consequences for disobedience and fear of the unknown are why they have so many followers.

Some are...'', Some can...'' Are you going to tell me that there are no psychologists/psychiatrists who are dedicated to helping people, no teachers who are dedicated to teaching and learning? The fact that most do not' should be a big red flag to anyone going to look for wisdom from a priest.

That is true, and like psychologists and like mathematicians, some priests are psychopaths. I would also agree that most religions do prey on our weaknesses, also most applications of psychology prey on our weaknesses, by which I am talking about it's use as a manipulative tool: ie. subliminal messages, using sex to sell stupid things, using fear as a political tactic, using religion as a political tactic etc.

I will however differentiate in that the field of psychology is not meant to mislead its' students. The students are learning how the mind works, and how they apply that knowledge depends on who pays them, and for what purpose. With an understanding of the mind comes the ability to manipulate it. More money is to be made in maniplitive ways than in helpful ways.

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Cyrus
You wouldn't live long enough to put the complete understanding of even one second of time into words. Neuroscience tells us very little in the grand scheme of things. Of coarse we should be always striving for a more complete understanding. But as an individual, or a group, your knowledge will always be limited. There is more knowledge in one second of time for one brain cell than you could ever store into you brain.

In what way would it be harder for a psychopath to get a degree?

Ok, there is a lot of information each second. Whats the point of this argument? What does that have to do with knowing the chemical reactions of the brain? I fail to see the point of knowing every possible known state of information at an instant of time. This would serve no purpose.

In order to practice medicine, you have to be approved. You don't just get a degree and start practicing on people.

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Not knowing what precisely they study, I can't comment on the validity. I do know that in some denominations, the only requirement to pass the training is a pulse. Perhaps others are different, I don't know, and my intention is not to condemn all pastors and priests as incompetent.

I was referring to BobG in particular with my comment about it being arbitrary. He mentioned that he would talk to a priest because he would be confident that they wouldn't tell the whole town. Thus, that he chooses a priest is completely arbitrary as anyone else he trusts would fill the role just as well.

It doesn't bother me that people choose to confide in their pastor, just seems sensible to suggest that people evaluate the reasons for doing so. Because they were raised that way'' seems a pretty weak excise to me. Just so we're clear, I'm not suggesting people not talk to their pastors about their personal problems, I am suggesting that people evaluate the reasons for doing so, and recognize that just because someone is a pastor, does not mean they are qualified to give advice on every aspect of one's life.

If you speak to your pastor about things because it makes you feel more comfortable, then that's excellent. By all means continue. But don't think just because he's a pastor, or because you feel comfortable around him that he's suddenly qualified to give advice about how to feel/think/behave in order to have a more fulfilling/balanced life.

Surprisingly, I agree. I don't need someone to solve my problems for me and I don't need to have religious scripture recited to me as a solution to every problem (hence there being a few I would avoid). If you can't figure out on your own what the right action to take is, then he wasn't very much help.

And, hey, sometimes the batty old lady down the street might be just as helpful. The odds just aren't quite as good.

And you can get satisfaction from attending a church you don't belong to. You wouldn't think you could get much of a feeling of peace in a place that's constantly pestering you to stand up, sit down, kneel, but you can. Kind of a strange twist that I probably got more out church than my wife and it's her church - but she never really believed in doing Sunday mornings.

NeoDevin
And, hey, sometimes the batty old lady down the street might be just as helpful. The odds just aren't quite as good.

Knowing the quality of training offered by some denominations, I tend to think the odds are fairly even. Maybe there are some religions/denominations which offer better training, but I haven't seen them.

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