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0000000000214e8d000000000d40799f6d5944e551043544 V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post https://www.google.com//84d/xn/detail/2182797:BlogPost:2832996?xg_source=activity V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post

I felt like an eagle floating above the earth

I remember the moment of my epiphany, the moment I became an atheist. I was 20 years old. I had read the oscillating universe by George Gamow & the origin of species by Charles Darwin. Then, suddenly, I realized we homo-sapiens are just a kind of animal like other animals on this spinning rock we call Earth. Whatever purpose we feel we have is one we devise for ourselves; it’s not handed to us from on high. We are on our own; there is no deity holding a net under our feet as we go about our days, ready to catch us in case we stumble even a little. Our desperate hopes about living after death and seeing our departed loved ones, again gets dashed into dust. It was disconcerting, to say the least. But then I could see the positives of it. Slowly I realized that there was never a net under our feet at all �we just thought there was, and really it’s worse to have a false sense of security than no safety net at all. Slowly I realized that nobody was handing us purposes in the first place–we just thought someone was, and really it’s worse to have a false purpose than one we arrive at ourselves based on our interests and aptitudes. Slowly I realized that quite a lot of our worldview was based on denying the reality before our eyes �we were just really good at compartmentalizing and managing cognitive dissonance, and really it’s worse in the end to turn away from reality than to find some way to live with it. Slowly I realized that there has never been any evidential support for the idea of life after death in any way whatsoever �we just let our wishful thinking and desperation get the better of us, and really it’s worse to fool ourselves into thinking that we have forever than to cherish the brief time we have while we have it. This epiphany has occurred to many a non-believer in the history of mankind. I was not the only one. With this, there comes a slow but definite transformation in our lives. Slowly we figure out how to build our own safety nets, and once we construct our first reality-based net we feel that sudden sparkle of achievement that comes from knowing that we aren’t counting on a capricious supernatural being to do what he promised repeatedly to do in the various scriptures, but rather we start taking care of our own business. Slowly we figure out what our purpose really is–and we see how that purpose changes as we change, and how we can accrue multiple purposes at once, and once one purpose is done, then we move to the next project. Gone are the days when we agonized about what a capricious supernatural being might want from our lives–and that exultant rush of knowing we are responsible for our own achievements is something more real than any number of platitudinous prayers. Slowly we start learning how to tell what’s real and what isn’t, and we learn to live with reality as it is rather than what we wish it was. That’s harder than it seems, but it’s part of what it is to be human in the modern age. We learn to value truth over lies, objective facts over wishful thinking and blind hope. Slowly we start to cherish this life more and more and more–all the more because we know beyond doubt that it is fleeting and brief and that we don’t have the faintest idea how much of it we’re going to get. We love our friends and neighbors more, and learn what family really means. Slowly we start to build our identity as ourselves, to cherish our own lives and care for our own needs. As someone said: “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind� End Note That’s how I discovered what it was to feel like an eagle floating above the earth, autonomous, without feeling like a slave to man created religions & gods.See More
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0000000000214e8d000000000d40799f1f6b513344f80c83 V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post https://www.google.com//84d/xn/detail/2182797:BlogPost:2828957?xg_source=activity V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post

Nothing Fails Like Prayer, yet it continues

PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON PURPOSE OF PRAYER IS: -- to ask God to do things â€?fulfill requests, grant favours, and generally use his supernatural powers to act on behalf of the petitioner. Internet prayer request pages overflow with theists asking others to pray for them so that they may be healed of sickness and injuries or delivered from financial troublesHowever, as an application of simple logic shows, any prayer that asks God for anything is pointless. Is prayer going to bring to God’s attention a need of which he was not previously aware? Is it going to convince him to do something he was not already going to do? Both of these are impossible with an omniscient deity. On the contrary, if God is all-knowing, he already knows everyone’s desires without needing to be told.Likewise, long before any believer ever begins praying for him to take a certain action, his infinite mind will have tabulated every possible reason for or against taking that action, judged the consequences of doing it versus not doing it and run down all the innumerable ramifications of each decision, and finally settled on the verdict that he knows will best achieve his goals.Do theists, believing themselves to be unimaginably small and insignificant by comparison with the Almighty, hope to then change his mind? Do they hope to budge this divine calculus with a single whisper of supplication?A prayer for God to do something he was already going to do is unnecessary; a prayer for God to do something he was not already going to do is futile.And is it not in a way arrogant for a theist to ask God to take some action? Is it not a claim that they know better than he does how things should be? After all, if God is omniscient and omnipotent, nothing can happen if he does not desire it to happen. Nothing can happen against his will. Therefore, whatever state of affairs a theist seeks to change through prayer must be God’s will, and by seeking to change it, they are in essence saying that what God has done already is not good enough, or just plain wrong.THE SECOND MAJOR PURPOSE OF PRAYER: -- is to praise God, but this is even more unnecessary. God doesn’t need to be told how great he is or how thankful you are â€?he already knows, by definition. It serves no purpose for billions of people worldwide to tell him the same things over and over again every day (and if I were him, I’d be terrifically bored of it all by now).Does he actually desire praise? Is he vain, or conceited? Is he susceptible to flattery? Did he create us just so that we could constantly tell him how great he is? Strangely, most theists who insist that life is purposeless without God have no problem with the notion that the high and mighty purpose for human existence decreed by God is to act as a sort of canned applause.THE FINAL REASON COMMONLY OFFERED FOR PRAYER: -- is to grow closer to God and build a personal relationship with him, much as you get closer to your friends by spending time with them. But think about this for a moment. What is the definition of “relationshipâ€?in this sense?For a relationship of this kind to be healthy, I propose that the following things are necessary: a spirit of give and take, where each partner is willing to compromise to satisfy the other’s desires; the presence of open, honest communication, where each partner is aware of the other’s thoughts, wishes, feelings and motivations; a gradual increase of knowledge and trust as each partner comes to know the other one better over time; and an atmosphere of empathy and caring as each partner stays faithfully by the other’s side and comforts them in times of adversity.The relationship believers claim to have with God lacks all of these things. For example, in the theistic relationship, there is no give and take, no compromise. The theist prays, and God either grants their request or does not depending on whether it accords with his predetermined plan. Any prayer â€?even one that the petitioner greatly and desperately desires â€?may be rejected out of hand, without explanation, if it does not conform to the mysterious divine plan which no human being is privileged to know.Likewise, the theistic relationship has neither open two-way communication nor a gradual increase of understanding. Human beings may talk to God, but God never talks back. Though it would be well within his power, he never does something even as simple as replying to a prayer in an actual, audible voice. Believers who have faithfully worshipped God all their lives still do not claim to grasp his motives nor consistently understand his reasons; his ways remain just as mysterious to them as they ever were.Finally, the theistic relationship offers no consoling in times of tragedy, no tangible source of comfort or reassurance. Lacking physical form, God cannot provide even the most minimal comfort one human being can offer another: the empathy of a simple touch, the contact of a hand. All the aid and comfort that a believer has in times of crisis comes from fellow humans, though that does not stop many of them from giving the credit to their deity of choice regardless.This is another example of religious compartmentalization, of theists judging their faith by an entirely different set of standards than the ones they apply to everything else. Who can say they would ever put up with anything comparable from a human friend?If prayer cannot provide the vital elements of a relationship, we must conclude that it cannot provide a relationship with God at all, and therefore its third major purpose also fails.Yet the practice continues. Why?CONFIRMATION BIAS Like many structures of theism, prayer also takes advantage of a common error in human thinking: the confirmation bias, also known as “counting the hits and forgetting the missesâ€? Across the world, billions of believers are praying millions of prayers each day; it is hardly surprising that some of them come true just by chance. Yet when believers pray for something and it happens, they hail it as a miracle, proof of the existence of God.However, when they pray for something and it does not happen, they are usually not in the least disappointed. Instead, they merely assume that God, in his infinite wisdom, has decided not to grant their request for reasons beyond their comprehension, and these occasions are soon forgotten.By contrast, the few rare occasions when prayers seemingly come spectacularly true are remembered and elevated to great significance. To complete the process of belief reinforcement, such testimonials are circulated throughout the community of like-believing theists, making it seem as if miraculous answers to prayer are common.In addition to confirmation bias, prayer employs an effective psychological technique for strengthening learned behaviours, called intermittent reinforcement. As opposed to continuous reinforcement, in which the test subject receives a reward every time for performing some task, intermittent reinforcement rewards the desired behaviour only some of the time. Contrary to what one might expect, intermittent reinforcement produces a much stronger response, and one that takes much longer to die out even after the rewards stop coming.VENDING MACHINE Vs. SLOT MACHINE As an example of this, compare a vending machine in a mall to a slot machine in the games parlour. A vending machine is a source of continuous reinforcement: you put money in and expect food to be returned every time. If a vending machine accepts your cash and does nothing in return, most people will not keep inserting coins. They will complain to the manager of the mall. By contrast, a gambler who believes that only a very few of his inputs will result in a jackpot will gladly sit and feed money into a slot machine all day.In a similar way, the few prayers that come true by chance provide powerful incentive for believers to keep trying. To guard against the threat of believers coming to expect continuous reinforcement, and the rapid extinction of belief that would inevitably follow, theists are admonished not to test God, and taught to take responsibility on themselves when prayers go unanswered. (“If only I had more faithâ€?or “If only I understood better what God wanted of meâ€?are two popular all-purpose excuses.)In the end, one question remains: If prayer cannot be a way to achieve our desires or build a personal relationship with the Creator, then what is it for?What purpose does it then serve?TRUE PURPOSE OF PRAYER The answer to this question is obvious. The true purpose of prayer is to make the people who pray feel better â€?it is a way of making believers feel they have exerted some degree of control over a situation that is beyond their control. Indeed, this is one of the major purposes of religion.HUMAN BEINGS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN, AND STILL ARE, AT THE MERCY OF A COMPLEX AND OFTEN FRIGHTENING WORLD.I see hordes of people thronging all the temples of Mysore, specially the two temples near my house, not only during all festivities but on a regular basis.They do not have the all round education or the wherewithal to consult a modern medical physician or a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist to cure their chronic physical ailments or anxieties or depression. So they come there to subvocalize their problems to gods for succour.It is only natural that people in such circumstances would be eager, even desperate, for a way to calm their fears and give themselves confidence, and this is what prayer provides. It gives believers a “direct lineâ€?to the highest power in the universe, the one whom they are told is on their side and will make sure everything turns out all right for them. This ability to cope has always been one of the major perceived benefits of religious belief, and atheists who seek to make inroads against theism would do well to remember it.As long as the intellectual believers picture atheism as a bleak existence bereft of meaning or hope, they will always reject it regardless of the arguments offered in its favour. If atheism is ever to spread and flourish at least among the intellectual elite, we must overcome these misperceptions and show that, on the contrary, it leads to EMPATHY, PURPOSE AND POSITIVE ACTION.The treacherous effects of PrayerThe most insidious effect of prayer is that it encourages believers to remain PASSIVE in times of crisis, waiting for divine deliverance that will never come, rather than taking effective action. Atheism, by contrast, teaches human beings to get up off their knees and begin living life. Rather than ask for all our wishes to be fulfilled, it is up to us to bring into existence the world that we want to live in.As the great agnostic orator Robert Green Ingersoll wrote, “The hands that help are holier than the lips that pray.â€?A few institutions that follow this motto are the Red Cross & Doctors without borders.온라인슬롯사이트추천See More
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0000000000214e8d00000000047cadde11b6f528eebdbb74 Loren Miller commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Everyone Is a Skeptic https://www.google.com//84d/xn/detail/2182797:Comment:2828630?xg_source=activity Loren Miller commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Everyone Is a Skeptic
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0000000000214e8d0000000000ec92e79af7dedc606c1fe7 Joan Denoo commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Everyone Is a Skeptic https://www.google.com//84d/xn/detail/2182797:Comment:2828465?xg_source=activity Joan Denoo commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Everyone Is a Skeptic
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0000000000214e8d000000000d40799fda890b1472baaa35 V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post https://www.google.com//84d/xn/detail/2182797:BlogPost:2828312?xg_source=activity V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post


Are you a religious believer or a doubter? Let’s find out. I will cite some sacred, holy, divine, religious tenets, and you tell me if you believe them. 1. Aztec priests sacrificed about 20,000 people a year to many gods including an invisible feathered serpent. Do you think an invisible feathered serpent wanted human lives offered to it? Or are you a skeptic? 2. Muslim suicide volunteers who flew airliners into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon left behind a testament saying they were martyrs for Allah and would go instantly to the “women of paradise.�Do you think the 9/11 terrorists are now in heaven with beautiful female houri nymphs? Or are you a doubter? 3. Time after time, Catholic throngs report seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary (although she never appears to Jews, Muslims or Protestants). Do you think a divine Virgin Mary makes herself visible occasionally to Catholics? Or do you doubt it? 4. In ancient Greece, even at the time of the great philosophers, priests sacrificed thousands of sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, horses, bulls and other animals to gods on Mount Olympus. Do you think a mountaintop Pantheon wanted animals killed? Or are you a doubter? 5. Nearer home, millions of Hindus pray over the Shiv ling, a stylized model of Shiva’s erect penis. Do you think an invisible Shiva wants his phallus venerated? Or are you a doubter? 6. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that, any day now, Jesus will descend from the sky with an army of angels, and Satan will emerge from the ground with an army of demons, and they will fight the Battle of Armageddon, which will kill most of humanity. Do you agree �or are you a doubter? 7. A central belief of Catholicism is that when bells are rung and prayers are chanted, the communion host wafer magically turns into the actual flesh of Jesus, and the communion wine miraculously becomes his physical blood. Do you believe this Doctrine of Transubstantiation, or are you a skeptic? 8. Millions of American Pentecostals spout the “unknown tongue,�which they contend is the Holy Ghost speaking through them. Do you think the third member of the Trinity makes these noises? Or are you a skeptic? 9. Scientologists say that each person has a soul that is a “Thetan�that came from another planet millions of years ago. Do you believe this religious doctrine, or doubt it? 10. Tibet’s Buddhists believe that when an old Lama dies, his spirit enters a baby boy just being born somewhere. The faith remains leaderless for several years, until searchers find the boy who received the old Lama’s spirit, and reinstall him as the old Lama in a new body. Do you believe that dying Lamas fly into new bodies? Or are you a doubter? THAT'S NOT ALL THAT IS INTRIGUINGI could go on �through the Hare Krishnas who chant to Lord Krishna �and the Supreme Truth members who planted nerve gas in Tokyo’s subway �and the Flagellants, who whip themselves bloody in an attempt to soften divine wrath �and the Swami Rajneesh followers who put salmonella germs in Oregon salad bars �and the Millerites, who waited on mountaintops for the end of the world �and the Thugs, who strangled victims for the goddess Kali �and “channelers�who spout voices of the dead �to Jonestown and Waco and Appalachian serpent-handlers, etc. I assume that everyone reading this rejects each of those sacred, divine, religious beliefs that I listed �beliefs that have been holy to many followers. SO YOU ARE ALL SKEPTICS LIKE ME. Moreover, if the same questions were put to almost any religious congregation, a similar reaction would occur. Believers generally think that other people’s gods and miracles are bogus, but their own gods and miracles are genuine. So, everyone is a skeptic, at least about sacred claims that are alien to them. NOW LET'S GO TO THE BOTTOM LINEThe heart of religion is worship of supernatural invisible spirits, plus belief in an afterlife in supernatural invisible heavens. Priests call these dogmas the great religious “truths.�Do you think spirits and heavens really exist? Or are you a skeptic? RATIONALIZATIONS GALORESome educated modern theologians blow a smoke screen around different religious creeds, contending that they’re merely symbolic & metaphorical, not literal. They say God actually is the unknown force of the universe. Well, I don’t know what caused the Big Bang and put awesome power inside atoms �but I don’t assume that I should worship it. Or theologians say that God actually is the innate affection residing inside human hearts: God is love. I’m glad that humans have more kindness than sharks and rattlesnakes and cheetahs and hawks do �but I figure it stems from psychology that evolved through eons. The smokescreen obscures the clear, plain words of creeds. I don’t think Jesus was talking about atom power or human goodness when he told followers to pray to “our Father, which art in Heaven.” Occasionally, an erudite believer tells me: You’re too literal-minded. Religious people of today don’t really believe in gods, devils, heavens, hells, angels, miracles and all that magic. Creeds and scriptures are just allegorical, never meant to be taken literally. But this approach boggles me. Why would people say one thing but mean something else? Why would billions subscribe to faith, knowing that it isn’t factually true? A FINAL POINTLogic proves clearly that there cannot be a loving, merciful, powerful, fatherly Creator as espoused by most religions. If an “intelligent designer�made everything in the universe, he devised breast cancer for women, leukemia for children, Down Syndrome and all the other horrible diseases. He devised earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis and similar killers �including the future star death that will incinerate Planet Earth. He designed owls to rip rabbits apart, and boa constrictors to crush pigs, and spiders to trap flies. No human would be cruel enough to invent all these horrors. If a god did it, he’s a fiend, not a loving, merciful, all-powerful father. In philosophy, this is called the Problem of Evil. It first was articulated by Epicurus, who wrote: “Either God wants to abolish evil, and cannot �or he can, but does not want to. If he wants to, but cannot, he is impotent. If he can, but does not want to, he is wicked. If, as they say, God can abolish evil and God really wants to do it, why is there evil in the world?” The Problem of Evil doesn’t disprove the existence of a hateful, vicious God �but it disproves the kindly omnipotent Creator proclaimed by all religions. So, you see, it’s obvious that everyone on Earth is a skeptic, even though billions worship daily �and it’s obvious there can’t be a loving Creator to whom we have to pray.See More
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