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  1. Atheist's Psychology

    I almost forgot to address the op. It's not a matter of figuring something out, it's a survivial behavior run amok. A psychological phenomena called anthropomorphism is where humans project human qualities on to non human objects / phenomena. For example, bugs bunny, mother nature, father time, the grim reaper, and 'God' (projection of human qualities onto the universe). Can you provide some examples of the definsiveness in question? I can probably better answer the question once I understand what you are seeing. Whenever I hear the word 'God', I think delusion resulting from anthropomorphization of reality into an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent life form. Can you show me the study demonstrating that the world's population of atheists are more inclined towards philosophy than science?
  2. Atheist's Psychology

    It's most often a value conflict. Atheists value truth more than the emotional / psychological satiation of fantasy. Theists value the emotional / psychological satiation of fantasy more than truth.
  3. Please Help, I Need Advice.

    A big message of Islam is to use your brain, so if you really love her then be there for her... and that's it.
  4. The question was asking for atheist opinion (a speculation... not a statement of truth). In that context, what I stated IS my opinion. To declare it 'wrong' would require you to produce evidence that is not my opinion. I am doing just fine... crunchy even in milk as always! How are you doing odobknarf? BTW, I don't think I ever told you that I love your online name... mainly because it has the word 'narf' in it :sl:.
  5. Neither. I strongly speculate it is: 3. Reality always exists and our universe is a small cross-section of change.
  6. That's an easy one. Nobody knows. What we do know is that the universe went through a rapid inflation, a few minor contractions, and is presently in accelerated inflation. Most inflationary models and m-theory models that explore what is outside of our universe predict that our universe is a blip of change in a larger system of infinite change. For example, type II A/B m-theory predicts that our universe is a natural D-brane formation at the end of a throat (or around a handle) of infinite Calibi Yao space.
  7. Plans To Attack Our Forum

    If they come, modify their posts so they appear to be threatening other members personally. Track their IP's and then contact the police. They will be traced, exposed, and arrested. As you can see I don't advocate a fair fight :sl:.
  8. Between a concept and an anology. For example a belief in the paranormal is not the equivelant to water nor is it a biological necessity as water is. It's evolutionary psychology 101. You are of course forgetting that alot of the world is different now. For example, whether or not I accept the assertions of a social group no longer has any bearing on the resources I can attain necessary to survial. Moths often cannot distinguish between star light and light bulbs. The behavior is an evolutionary advantage of navigation by star light. Belief is similar in this respect. Children for example cannot distinguish between a belief that is based on reality or one that is based on fantasy. To them it's proverbially just another source of photons.
  9. Opinion would be "I don't like it". Lack of conformity would objectify it a little bit. My statement is that its a survival mechanism. If it weren't it wouldn't be present. As a child if you believe what your parents said about swimming in a crocodile infested lake then you are going to survive. If you believe what a group believes then they are more likely to share their resources with you. If you hear something strange and believe you are going to be attacked and run like hell then if you're right then you survived. There is nothing that contradicts this. Belief rests on human evaluation of information. It can be logical, illogical, etc. It's mechanism is rooted in its ability to promote human survial.
  10. The anology is so bad it's like hammering a large square peg into a small circular slot. Belief is a survial mechanism allowing you to (for example) make quick decisions in the presence of incomplete information. It is not an accurate determiner of truth.
  11. Of course if the water doesn't exist then the horse couldn't drink regardless. If the person leading the horse cannot distinguish between water and non-water then the horse is screwed.
  12. To make it sounds more believable. An example credible publication I have read is: Watt, W. Montgomery (1961). Muhammad: Prophet and Statesman. Oxford University Press, 19. ISBN 0-19-881078-4. But yes, you are correct in that the moment the objective reality test fails is the moment the whole house of cards falls apart as being true. Sorry, arrogance or not... truth is truth. You're assuming I haven't; however, to an atheist it is too much to ask if there is no demonstrable value to it. Remember, we already know the paranormal is bunk and that is the foundation that most forms of theism rest on. The probability of such a day existing is equal to the probability of an invisible pink unicorn drinking coffee on the event horizon of a worm hole in the zaboombafoo dimension.
  13. The Quran of course makes incorrect assertions about objective reality; hence, it is not perfect nor is there objective evidence it was dictated by an omnipotent life form. Stage performers often give flawless performances with practive. David Copperfield for example has never made an error. I'll speculate that Muhammad's potential epilepsy was used in combination with an equivelant of practiced stage performance. ... ... ... <CONTINUED>
  14. It would be closest to a hobby given the choices listed. I disagree those are the only three possibilities because they can come in different combinations that do make them distinct; however, because the objective reality test fails, it rules out the option of telling the truth. Beauty can be understood objectively. It is any kind of cognitive activity that stimulates the pleasure center. Of course it can also be understood subjectively by experiencing it. I did, just not in the way you wanted. I'll address them individually if it helps the message to be understood better. There's a decided agreement among American enthusiasts that Harry Perry musical work is inimitateable. No human, to this day, can come up with verses that sound anything like it: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=mCohY_CtQlM"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetyoutube(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/watch?v=mCohY_CtQlM[/url] ... ... ... <CONTINUED>
  15. I agree and just because there might be possibilities doesn't make them probabilities. Take a look at the number of views on the thread and other popular threads where atheists and / or theists disagree with each other. You will note that assertions are usually read repeatedly. Islam's value exists in any philosophical gems that result in practical constructive behavior or emotional / psychological need fulfillment. That's one reason I choose to learn about many religions included; however, it provides no other value beyond because it neither establishes objective truth or furthers objective knowledge. You're issuing a claim that other realities are possible; however, not only is there no evidence of this, all observations and theories strongly suggest a single reality (not universe). Now there might be other universes out there... ours might be a part of a multiverse of some kind; however, they would all be connected by a single raw reality. While other universes may have vastly different properties they would still be consistent, persistent, and non-contradictory. Regardless of whether or not it sounds arrogant, what matters is if its true. Because I posess knowledge of human behavior doesn't make me an omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient life form. An excellent question! Some of the gems are leadership principles, learning principles, judgment priciples, dietary principles, working pricniples, and relationship principles. Often times yes. That would be neat if I could; however, I think I need to simply contribute to some ground work concerning identification of human needs, outlets for them, behavioral relations, etc. ... ... ... <CONTINUED>