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I'd like to know what you folks think. I've always had a hard time believing religious BS. Even though I grew up with people who were fed the same religious bull as me, they somehow ran with it praising the lord. I always felt like I was sort of standing on the sidelines shaking my head in disbelief. I don't think I'm any smarter than these people. What is it that makes some eat it up, and some spit it out?

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You used your brain to analyze that myth and you think for yourself.

noworry28 Level 7 Dec 10, 2017

I too have wondered about that. It's like how can republicans be on the wrong side of every issue !It makes me feel like every body else is just stupid !


I think a lot of it has to do with fear. Religion is very good at making people fearful, and then gives them a way to alleviate the fear. I'm not a very fearful person, so that part didn't really affect me.


I figured it out and all my friends haven't yet.


Maybe its the indoctrination they receive. In Judaism they pray Friday nites and Saturday mornings in a temple. I was forced to attend Sunday School for 10 years.Sometime in my teens I stopped going with my parents to Friday night services. I dropped out of the segregated youth group-my non-Jewish, non-white friends weren't accepted there. I refused to go to Hebrew school. I fought the indoctrination. Some kids didn't. Maybe I am smarter?


Buddyb a lot of them lie. I'm convinced that for a good chunk of them its one lie they will never give up. Peer pressure on a social scale.

JLFowler Level 6 Dec 9, 2017

Those people are so emotionally insecure that they need to be guided and bound by dogma which tells them what to do and provides them with a false sense of absolute certainty. hey have chosen to be addicted.

Walt, with all due respect, children don't choose to be addicted, and most indoctrination takes place during crucial stages of brain development in childhood when young children are in a theta-alpha brainwave state (a suggestive state). Studies show that if children had a strong attachment to their caregivers they were more likely to believe what they were taught.

I agree wholeheartedly!


I realized at a very young age that most people believe what they were born into. If I was born in India I would probably be Hindi, In Saudi Arabia - Muslim. I liked mythology but was taught none of those Gods were real. Same for Egypt. TV told me American Indians were ignorant savages that needed to be converted. Likewise with Africans. And what about the Chinese and the Australian Aborigines? It seemed to me that you were supposed to believe what ever you were born into over space and time which made religion totally arbitrary. Like you, I never understood why others didn't recognize that.


I think it is a more complex range of factors that make some people comforted by the promise of an afterlife. There is tradition and peer pressure and subconscious influences, too.. And worship, prayer, churches and mosques can evoke strong emotional and even mystical experiences on us, which many people seek. But many people are terrified by mortality and need a sense of comfort or reassurance some religions provide their followers.


Good article. I have always suspected there was a part of the brain that make some people more skeptical than others. I have always been pretty good at seeing through false articles that are posted on Facebook when some of my friends and family members take it on faith that they are true. It takes minimal research to see the truth. It's a bit harder when you're indoctrinated since you're a baby though.

Thanks for reading. Your post has stimulated a lot of my memories from childhood. I have always been very curious, and I asked my parents a lot of questions when I was a kid. I became aware that a lot of questions took them out of their comfort zone, so they would get defensive. These questions were often related to religion. When children are in environments where their voice is devalued because they are at the bottom of the family (and cultural) hierarchy, this creates self-doubt about your own abilities to think critically.


@AMGT Thank you for asking for my input. I do have a few thoughts on this, but I was curious about your children. Were your pregnancies the same? What kind of environment were you in with either one -- your mental outlooks, etc. Any stress? I'll explain later why I'm asking.

@AMGT Yes, it does, thanks for sharing. You're quite astute in this area, so I'm probably not sharing anything you don't already know, but for those who may not know, I do think much of how we perceive reality as children are related to the kind of environment we experienced in the womb during crucial periods of brain development. I've read studies showing that chronic maternal stress (or a stressful life event) impacts the fetus. It gets exposed to the stress hormones and this can cause the fetus' brain to develop a larger amygdala (amygdalae).

A larger amygdala can lead to anxiety (and depression), and magical thinking can help alleviate it. Studies also found that maternal stress significantly reduced connectivity between the amygdala and the thalamus and hypothalamus (forebrain territory which plays a central role in the processing of information related to complex cognitive activities) during prenatal development.


A lot of different factors at play. For many I believe it to be a bit of indoctrination due to being taught a certain way at a young age. Another is culture, many people just kind of "go with it" because it's in the family and so are they. Another can be fulfillment, believing and acting a certain way fulfills them, gives them a sense of purpose and balance to the universe. Aaaand there's also those who just use religion as a means to look down on others and help reinforce their own bigotries and baggage (but I try not to focus on them).


Great question! I believe there are several factors, including: external/internal influences such as family, friends, society, culture, interpretation, etc.

GoodMan Level 7 Dec 8, 2017
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