Religion is a Brain Operating System

 
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20 March 2015 19:50
 

The general notion of religion is mistaken.

The truth is no brain can work without a religion of its own, named or unnamed or whatever named. The fact is, “Mind cannot make decision without a belief”. Beliefs are inevitable.

Religion is a Brain Operating System (BOS) like Windows , Unix etc. are for computers.

It is a complex set of beliefs those provide meaning or purpose to actions. For example “Tomorrow we will be alive” is a UNGUARANTEED belief but that serves to give purpose to our current activities.

Ethics, morality, sacrifice, altruism, social order and integration etc are products of thousands of years of labour of religions. Man is a id driven barbarian without religion. Had it not been religions, we would have been living barbarian life even today. It made possible to live together.

In modern time external role of religion has been taken over by governments of countries. Instead of believed reward and punishments governments are rendering actual reward and punishment.

Atheism is a religion (belief in non-existence of God)

Patriotism is religion (believing Government is God). A soldier kills another soldier of enemy country on the license from his Government. Judiciary punishes criminals on the beliefs from Constitutional Bible called Laws.

A dictionary is compendium of beliefs. Each word is a belief as defined therein by “convention/culture”. The word Earth is a belief of verbal saying and writing so to mean the Earth. And consequently whole process of “thinking” is based on belief! TO THINK IS TO BELIEVE.

Science is cause of promoting greed, materialism and consequential Global Warming. We now need to reinvent the wheel of religion after stupidity of materialism.

Religions of the world have withstood the test of time for thousands of years while mightiest king has not survived more than his age. To survive on test of time is to have worth and merit. Nobody obeys Alexander the Great but there are millions who obey Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad, Newton, Einstein and many others.

Man is an idiot (gullible) animal. He has “abused” almost everything by “misinterpretation”. OPINION VIRUS (referred as Satan by religions) is the cause of misbelief and mischief and of self-sabotage and foolishness.

 

 
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29 March 2015 18:52
 

Well said.

Especially the part : “to think is to believe.”

The problem we have is that while the kinds of questions that Harris appears (to his groupies anyway) to answer have long since been thought about by professional philosophers of religion and science, these other philosophers not known to most people. These philosophers who work rigorously according to logic are not driven, as Harris is, by a desire to be famous and “sexy.”

Many of his worshipers make statements like “belief is the cause of all problems” etc. yet do not realize that as you point out to think is to believe. Whoever we are we live our lives according to beliefs. To examine them is what philosophy is all about. Not just to jump onto some bandwagon (like “I believe in science”) as Harris does, without realizing that most professional scientists (and I would not include Harris among their number since he spends his time churning out his half-baked theories via books instead of doing any real science) wouldn’t say they believe in science but rather that they believe that the scientific method is the best they know for obtaining certain kinds of knowledge.

Harris is like an intellectual Courtney Love. A kind of pop star. His arrogance make me seriously nauseous.

 
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30 March 2015 12:25
 

Science and religion are two sides of a coin of currency. The currency is, “Believe and Act”.

Science and religion are complementary and not adversary. Both aim to eradicate human ignorance and foolishness.

Rhetoric has media and marketing advantage.

Those who neither know science nor religion are carried away easily.

 
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01 April 2015 10:05
 

“the mind can not make a decision with out belief”
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Is kind of a oddly shaped sentence.
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Belief is talking about how reasonable we assign probablities to what will happen or how something works.
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So I would give a 99.9999 percent probablity the sun comes up tomorrow. If somebody had a belief say 0 percent probablity the sun was going to rise, we could say that is “un reasonable”.
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If information existed that the sun most likely will collide with an astrode and explode, then placing a low 5 percent probablity the sun comes up is fairly reasonable.
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Some people are prevy to various information, if somebody didn’t know about the astroid coming, his 99.999 percent is still reasonable considering the information he is aware of.
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SO, the issue is this when we talk about beliefs:
*Somebody gets to 0 percent or 100 percent and deny that any new information could ever be relevant.
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This is a hinderence to the mind. Something that is not needed at all in how a mind thinks (though I agree every mind possess some degree of unreasonableness). But this is what mediatation, life and the entire real point is, to practice being more reasonable. The mind does not need beliefs.

 
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02 April 2015 12:14
 

Is 1 equals 1 is not a belief?
Is “a” for apple is not a belief?
Whether names or numbers all are belief. Because mind does not work without belief. As computer does not work without declaration/identifier. Tell me which thing of alphabetical or mathematical language is not a belief? And tell me if anyone can think without them.

TO THINK IS TO BELIEVE !

 
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03 April 2015 06:26
 

You are using the word belief, in a way I don’t think it is typically used.
It looks like you mean distinction. Yes I agree the mind can’t work with out distinctions.

 
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04 April 2015 05:45
 

Belief is reason of action.

 
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04 April 2015 10:25
 
Shaikh Raisuddin - 04 April 2015 05:45 AM

Belief is reason of action.

 

Nope, only for a tiny minority of actions. For one, you are excluding all animals in that statement, and all instinctive reactions. Next, you exclude all automatic and trained responses.

 

 

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05 April 2015 23:17
 

Belief is an instrument of voluntary control of action.

There are infinite involuntary control which are manifested by reflex actions. Which are included into autonomous nervous system.

 
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06 April 2015 01:08
 

For ‘believe’ substitute ‘assumptions’ and you might be on to something.

Religion is by far not a Brain OS, since there are always questions for which a religion has no answer, or contradictory ones. Instead, the way we are taught our religion (or any other ideology) gives us some heuristics on how to act if in doubt in some very narrow circumstances. For example, WWJD (what would Jesus do) becomes pretty useless when you have to decide if you want a yahoo or google email account.

 
 
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06 April 2015 07:19
 

Operating Systems evolve eg DOS to WINDOWS etc.

 
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Shaikh Raisuddin - 06 April 2015 07:19 AM

Operating Systems evolve eg DOS to WINDOWS etc.

do religions evolve (except for Mormonism, which gets regular updates).

 
 
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09 April 2015 04:13
 

Everything evolve animate or inanimate.

 
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09 April 2015 04:44
 

Codified Religion (like those of the Book) are necessarily limited on how much they can change. Some (especially Christianity) go through cycles of ‘returning to the source’ whenever they feel that the religion has evolved too much: Martin Luther didn’t change the Christian faith, he removed all the extra bits of Catholicism which are not found in the bible. ISIS is doing the same with Islam.
Change in a religion will always lead to counter-movement, which limits the maximum amount a religion can diverge from its founding texts.

Religion might adapt, but it does not evolve - a funny analogy to creationism, btw.