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Posted over 2 years ago
Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence
Perhaps religion is formed as a bi-product of our innate drive to make a conclusion based on information that can be truthful or untruthful. We come to a conclusion in complete isolation and disregard to the truth. We then manufacture an explanation which we believe to be truthful. This habit permeates through all levels of our life including scientific institutions. In a sense we go around creating illusion and we are very good at it. We believe our own illusions to be true. Modern scientific findings confirm this. Ancient wisdom also confirms our illusory nature. Coming to a conclusion is far more important (it seems) than knowing if the information is actually true or not. Sometimes we can never know the truth so truth is fabricated. Then comes our desire to teach others what we know (or do not know but think we know). If religion is not chosen freely (most is not chosen freely) then religion is formed out of a need to influence others belief systems.
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Posted over 2 years ago
Why does the security situation in Iraq remain as it is?
People have learned to use violence as a solution. Focusing on the police force is like addressing the problem after it has arisen. The focus must not be on traditional policing methods for they can never solve the problem. The police force cannot extinguish the fire burning in peoples hearts. The security forces are trying to extinguish a forest fire with a child's water pistol. In order to unlearn this perception great patience is needed. There is no immediate solution available. All I can offer is for you to have patience and peace of mind by understanding that a small step today is a great achievement and that many small steps together will change things for the better, but perhaps not in our lifetimes.