The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

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The God Virus: How Religion Infects Our Lives and Culture

Time: November 18, 2010 from 4pm to 6pm
Location: East Ballroom, Lory Student Center, CSU campus
City/Town: Fort Collins
Website or Map: http://www.facebook.com/event…
Event Type: lecture/, presentation
Organized By: jeric harper
Latest Activity: Nov 17, 2010

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Can religion be considered an infection of the mind?

All viruses have a strategy for infection. Some viruses use sexual transmission, others use a sneeze. Religious viruses employ similar strategies that enter through the ears at an early age, germinate in the mind and come out through the mouth to spread the religion.

After a lifetime of involvement in the church Dr. Darrel Ray ultimately became a psychotherapist specializing in using hypnosis to help his clients. He slowly started to realize that church services are carefully structured to achieve the same sort of hypnotic effect he was inducing in his patients.

This Thursday, November 18, author Darrel Ray will be at CSU in the East Ballroom of the Lory Student Center from 4 to 6pm. He will discuss the total lack of logic in religious appeals as well as the way religions mimic the behavior of germs in spreading from person to person, use classic hypnotic techniques in their services, and instill guilt in their believers. Ray will also discuss ways rationalists can talk to believers without immediately putting them on the defensive. After the presentation there will be time for Q&A with the audience.

“Religion has consequences on intelligence and personality,” Ray said. “Seventy years of research have shown a negative correlation between religiosity and intelligence. Religion suppresses curiosity, which is one of the key components of intelligence. Those infected with religion tend to avoid or deny scientific or natural explanations in favor of supernatural ones.”

The God-virus theory helps us understand religion in ways we never did before. According to Ray, the last thing you should try to do when talking to a religious person is to use logic. “Logic has nothing to do with it. If you try to argue someone out of a religion, they become more staunch and dug in to their beliefs. As non-theists, we have to understand the channels of infection. If you understand how the virus works, you will understand that you can’t argue with a virus.”

For additional information about this event contact Kai Haswell at colostate@secularstudents.org or visit the Leaders in Free Thought Facebook group as well as their website: LiFT.colostate.edu.

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