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Why people believe in souls and an afterlife

Started this discussion. Last reply by michele ricketts Sep 19, 2012. 15 Replies

This is an interesting talk on the psychology of soul and afterlife beliefs. Children are primed for belief. Religion does not need to be shoved down their throats. Religious folk have it so easy...…Continue

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Said S. replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"I haven't given my take on free will. What's the "emergent self"? Your take seems to just be replacing the term "soul" with "emergent self". That's no analysis."
Sep 3, 2012
Said S. replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"For something to be random, it cannot be determined by anything, physical or not. An agent ("empirical" or not) can't be coherently thought of as willing a random thought or decision because, if it did will it, it wouldn't be…"
Sep 3, 2012
Ruth Anthony-Gardner replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"I have a completely different take on free will, Said and Jonathan. There's a few groups for that. If belief in a soul corresponds to there being something more to us than our bodies, "soul" is what John Dewey would call a…"
Sep 3, 2012
Said S. replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"Why would having random thoughts or decisions be indicative of free will? After all, they would be random, not determined by anything, including the owner. In fact, I doubt the output of our "machines" would be so loosely constrained as…"
Sep 2, 2012
Said S. replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"Ogilvie talked a bit about why adults believe. They acquire it early on and don't question it because it seems so natural given our cognitive predispositions. I agree lots of atheists believe in souls. The idea of the soul does not have to…"
Sep 1, 2012
Steph S. replied to Said S.'s discussion Why people believe in souls and an afterlife
"Thanks for the article. Will read it."
Sep 1, 2012
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Why people believe in souls and an afterlife

This is an interesting talk on the psychology of soul and afterlife beliefs. Children are primed for belief. Religion does not need to be shoved down their throats. Religious folk have it so easy... Anyway, I recommend highly: funny, informative, and relevant.Why children believe they have soulsSee More
Aug 27, 2012

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