jakelafort

  • Belle, it says i cant answer.

  • Belle, once again, it is misleading to conceive of hominids having evolved to believe in gods.  Our biology makes SOME of us vulnerable to believing in gods. Not all of us.  Our propensity for belief is a function of our upbringing,  and our intelligence.  Keep in mind also that not all people in all places have belief in gods.  There are othe…[Read more]

  • Belle, I am not kidding.

    How is it relevant?

    Getting a good job is good for mental health.  Discovering that a person loves you when you had thought you were unimportant to them is good for mental health.  Taking the right medication can be good for mental health. Getting sufficient sleep likewise good for mental health.

    So?

  • Belle, i am not resisting. It can be good for mental health. So can a lot of practices like meditation and community. Feeling like we belong and that people care about us is important.

    But it is not relevant to the question of god’s existence..

  • Belle, we also evolved to believe in gremlins, leprechauns, witches, tooth fairies, bigfoot, ghosts, and the list goes on and on.  Then again Hitler and Mussolini, emperors thought to be divine and various cult leaders are believed to be authentic and the masses alter their behavior in accordance with their beliefs. My point is that we did not…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 17 hours, 1 minute ago

    It may be slightly misleading to say we have evolved to believe in gods.

    Our evolution has made man susceptible to belief. But belief is more widespread or encompassing than gods. There are other superstitious beliefs, cultural myths and idiosyncratic beliefs.

    This state of affairs making us susceptible to belief is likely a result of our being…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 2 days, 7 hours ago

    Robert I know atheists in India.

    Atheists in nations consumed by religious nonsense tend to be way smarter than average.

     

     

     

     

     

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  • It certainly doesn’t benefit me, or anyone here.

    Your words Dang.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic The Power of Prayer in the forum Atheism 4 days, 21 hours ago

    Dang, dang, you are kinda mean, gratuituously so…

    Does it occur to you that Belle is bonded with people here and in turn others may be bonded with her? You speak for all of the members in saying she does not benefit anyone here?

    All you do is pick with fights and declare yourself a victim? That is hyperbole.

    Why be mean? What do you get out…[Read more]

  • Belle, the woods are lovely dark and deep and rural Guatemala is a fine place to sleep.

    In other news I agree with you.

  • You know what is interesting Belle?

    I have run into so many hikers on the Appalachian Trail who are happy. I am talking about through hikers who have committed six months to complete the trail.  These through hikers have foregone all of the conveniences of modernity.  After burning a gazillion calories and going hard for eight hours on the t…[Read more]

  • Belle, my guess is that mental illness is less prevalent among such people.  But i doubt it is absent since it seems to be part of  nature for mammals.  It would be a great area for anthropology to examine …head into the amazon and make friends with some one of those isolated tribes..

    It might shed light on the price of modernity.

  • i wonder whether indigenous people are less subject to mental illness.

  • Seems like issue of whether anything is truly random is reformulation of determinism.  If effect follows cause in an unbroken chain then nothing is random. But what of a “beginning”? Perhaps that is random.  The failure to grasp the nature of reality has no apparent bearing on issue of random or determined. (intentionally avoiding quantum p…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 3 weeks, 6 days ago

    Simon, it seems to me you are accepting something mystical only as a result of the coincidence being personal and answering a need.  The actual events you describe are mundane. The timing freaked you out.  It was right on time.  In the limitless opps for coincidence there is a classification for coincidence that answers a human need or is the so…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 4 weeks ago

    Simon i have had some freaky coincidences occur.  In college i got the same tray three straight days. There had to be thousands of trays in that cafeteria but i got one that said “boy george for president”.  Lets suppose there are 2000 trays so the odds of getting that tray on any given day are 2000 to 1.  Three times in a row the probability is…[Read more]

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    No, not everybody knew Floyd would win, including you, Belle. You said you would wager on Conor if you had the money.

    As to the veracity of speakers like these fighters who have  huge egos i say no that they are not always speaking truthfully. Instead they will make assertions consistent with their ego.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    What i was saying is that his purpose was to win…there was no fix,  there was no showing off for the fans…in fact the strategy was boring for fans until that final round…but the strategy Floyd used was sound.  And it was a best effort.

  • jakelafort replied to the topic Failed Conversion in the forum Atheism 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    No,  Floyd was cognizant that Conor is not accustomed to go that many rounds.  He employed the sound strategy of allowing the fight to go on before he made his move.  It was not his purpose to put on a show by extending the fight into later rounds. His dominance and superiority would have been on full display if he waded in and discounted the po…[Read more]

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