Maruli Marulaki's Blog (46)

Discarding The Myth Of The Free Will

While learning about evolutionary biology and evolutionary psychology, I got more and more aware of how much people are determined by subconscious instinctive urges and impulses. As a side effect, already for a long time I have been implicitly and slowly discarding the myth of the free will, but postponing to consciously think this through.

Implicitly the entire ERCP blog is based upon the concept of finding a partner, whose fulfilling my own…

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on April 12, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

Mr. Mighty's Blunder

In many societies and cultures, there are fables, tales, sagas and myths about the creation of humans by deities.    So today I am writing my own creation fable.


Mr. Mighty's Blunder



Mr. Mighty is a very powerful entity.   He likes to create things.   Unfortunately, he is not very clever.  He learns by trial and error, often making a few blunders on the way.   And he is slightly immature.



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Added by Maruli Marulaki on February 4, 2012 at 2:34pm — 1 Comment

Morals And Self-Control In The Absence Of Religion

Morals And Self-Control In The Absence Of Religion



Religions supply a predefined set of morals.   The higher power, deity or deities is or are believed to reward moral behavior and to punish transgressions.   People are motivated, instigated, coerced or manipulated to follow rules restraining their behavior, either with or without any insight in the benefits and necessity of the rules.    …
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on January 25, 2012 at 7:26am — 11 Comments

Why The Word Atheism Should Not Be Taken Too Literally

Why The Word Atheism Should Not Be Taken Too Literally



Atheism literally means without a god.    Superficially it serves well as a label for the easy distinction from people with any religious belief.   Apistia as the absence of all irrational beliefs would be more precise and more exact, but many people have never heard this word, while most people have at least a fuzzy understanding of the word atheism.



Some people take the definition…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on January 18, 2012 at 4:25am — 2 Comments

Irrational Beliefs As A Symptom Of A Brain Dysfunction

Irrational Beliefs As A Symptom Of A Brain Dysfunction



I claim:    A person with a brain developed to the full adult evolutionary potential of human cognition is able to be apistic and free from irrational beliefs. 



Gullibility to irrational beliefs is an unavoidable temporary state during childhood, as long as the brain has not yet fully developed.   Without any further detrimental influences or factors, people grow out of such beliefs as a consequence of the…

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on January 8, 2012 at 10:23am — No Comments

Gender Differences And Morals

Research About Gender Differences



I just read this article:
Men and Women Have Major Personality Differences: New Report Suggests Previous Measurements Have Underestimated Variation Between the Sexes

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/01/120104174812.htm



"The researchers used personality measurements from more than…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on January 6, 2012 at 10:02am — 2 Comments

Franz Josef Degenhardt Is Dead

Franz Josef Degenhardt Is Dead



Many on AN may never have heard of Degenhardt.   But for everybody feeling attracted to the leftist and atheistic student subculture of my generation in Germany, he was an admired singer and songwriter.    He came from a catholic background, but was certainly not religious, even though I am not sure, if he was an outspoken atheist.   In those days, people from the leftist subculture were usually also atheists.    

He died some weeks ago, and he is…

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 24, 2011 at 1:20am — No Comments

Religion And Charity

Religion And Charity


I am convinced that the innate gullibility to accept unproven claims by faith has evolved to serve as a mental trick to cope with the incongruity between human cognition and both the readiness to suffer and to inflict sufferings in the service of the survival of the species.



In the blog entry about …
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 15, 2011 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Religion As The Consequence Of Evolutionary Incongruity

Religion As The Consequence Of Evolutionary Incongruity



Evolutionary incongruity is the discrepancy between the cognition enabling humans to be aware of the consequences of their actions also from the perspective of the targeted victim, while the urges of subconscious animal instincts nevertheless drive them to embark on such actions.…



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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 13, 2011 at 11:48am — 19 Comments

The 'DEITY DELUSION' - Six Years Before Dawkins' Book

The 'DEITY DELUSION' - Six Years Before Dawkins' Book



I make no claim to be original, and considering religion as a mental illness is certainly not such an extremely novel idea.   Probably quite a few other people had the same thought too and long before me.   But when I used the expression 'Deity Delusion' in the following text published in a deleted msn group (Nonconformists' And Freethinkers' Haven), this was 6 years before Dawkins' book…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 10, 2011 at 9:45pm — 1 Comment

Religion And Male Dominance

Religion And Male Dominance

   

In my previous blog entry The Impact Of Christianity On Western Culture I listed some subtle long term detrimental effects upon non-religious people, which are caused by the social norms derived from christianity.  



I omitted one specific indirect religious justification of male…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 10, 2011 at 9:59am — No Comments

Religion And Harm

Religion And Harm



For a non-religious person, Epicurus' principle of the importance of not harming and not being harmed is a rational principle for human interactions.



But christianity and some other religions teach people, that it is ok to suffer and to inflict harm, because compensation and reward will come in the afterlife granted by their god.



This has serious consequences, when a religious majority installs a level of…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 8, 2011 at 12:05pm — No Comments

Religion And Atrocities

Religion And Atrocities 



Atheists often and with justification blame religions for the atrocities committed.

But I think, that the religions are not cause of the atrocities.  Instead religions are merely condoning the worst behavior determined by the animal instinct in people.  It frees people from feeling responsible for the consequences of their behavior and it frees them from the need to override these obsolete instincts.   Religions…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on December 7, 2011 at 10:21am — 4 Comments

Virtual Walkthroughs In Mexico DF

These are the best virtual walkthroughs, that I have ever seen:

The Frida Kahlo museum:

http://www.recorridosvirtuales.com/frida_kahlo/museo_frida_kahlo.html

the Museo Anahuacali

http://www.recorridosvirtuales.com/rvs2010/019.html

 

Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 29, 2011 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Self-Labeling And Self-Deception

 
Self-Labeling And Self-Deception



Correct self-labeling is important for people, who are selective in the choice of with whom to interact.   Self-labeling helps to make a fast preselection for the decision, with whom to spend time, what to share, whom to trust, what to expect, whom to avoid.



Therefore self-labeling has to be specific enough to draw a line between like minded people and…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 26, 2011 at 6:14am — No Comments

Skin Deep Non-Believers

Skin Deep Non-Believers



There are people, who are skin deep christians, because they have been brainwashed to adhere to the religion in contrast to their innate apistia.



But there are also skin deep non-believers, who have been influenced to attempt or pretend to be such in spite of their remaining innate psychological need for the subjective benefits of believing.   A good example is a person's…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 25, 2011 at 3:43am — No Comments

The Impact Of Christianity On Western Culture

 
The Impact Of Christianity On Western Culture



My wish is to live in a society, where apistia, egalitarianism and Epicurus' principle of not harming and not to be harmed were the basis of a life in cooperation, justice, security, consideration and responsibility.    Only there is no such society.

Unfortunately people can free themselves from the childhood…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 23, 2011 at 5:59am — 2 Comments

Taking Ancient Texts Literally

Taking Ancient Texts Literally



The controversy between creationism and evolution is a good example of the absurdity of taking texts literally, in spite of having been written thousands of years ago.

Discarding the entire bible as obsolete is easy.   There are other texts written in other times, cultures and circumstances, which still has some value, but need to be adapted.    This is more difficult.   It needs an understanding…

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 19, 2011 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Atheism In Literature - E. G. Howe

Fiction is a good way of sneaking atheist thinking into the attention of faith-afflicted readers.    The following is a good example. 

The quotes are from pages 103 to 105 of the novel 'The Mystery Of The Locks' by Edgar Watson Howe.   The novel was published in 1885.   



In the following dialogue, a newly wed couple discusses her wish to be reunited in heaven after death, and he expresses his wish, this could be true, in spite of his lack of religious belief.     …

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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 15, 2011 at 5:31pm — 2 Comments

An Ingenious Self-Deception

An Ingenious Self-Deception



When the attraction of succumbing to religion and the displeasure of feeling stupid are equally strong, this leads to cognitive dissonance.



Some people have found an ingenious mental trick to solve this cognitive dissonance.  


They created the unitarian universalist church.  



They claim it to be an…
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Added by Maruli Marulaki on November 13, 2011 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

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