so as a atheist do you feel inclined to step out of the box and believe that there is such a thing as karma ? or intuition? these really have no spiritual inclinations to them. i have came across a couple of atheists who prescribe to the law of karma because its in there view based on psychics. that intuition is instinct(which i tend to believe have intuition serve me well in the past) this in no ways means that im spiritual or think of a afterlife and i do not think that if you tell some of to go get poo that that you will be struck with lighting . i do my best to keep a open mind(with in reason) but it would be great to find out what my fellow a.n cronies think of this your thoughts and opinions are welcome ---AZEL

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Comment by Antonio Chambers on May 14, 2011 at 10:18pm
Intuition, just like moral capacity is evident because of evolution. There is a gene that is passed on through a generation which allows them to make the best decisions to " ensure the survival of their species". Richard Dawkins talks about this in his book THE GOD DELUSION. It's nothing that cannot be explained by science. We as a specie make decisions based on certain brain chemistry that has evolved over the billions of years. Every living thing has "intuition:. it allows them to make the best choices for their survival.   -peace :D
Comment by Prog Rock Girl on May 14, 2011 at 6:15pm

Intuition or gut feeling is sometimes instinct, or things picked up in an animalistic sense, but it is not something picked up by being psychic. Too often though, people say they are going by intuition when really they are seeing whatever they want to see.

 

Karma: once in awhile people get what's coming to them. For instance if you screw over enough people they might gang up on you and have their revenge. It's not a foolproof universal system of justice, though. You can always skip town before people are able to have their revenge.

Comment by roland707 on May 14, 2011 at 6:06pm
Poor choice of words on my part again. I do not 'believe' in karma as some force directing things.
Comment by Teresa Ochoa on May 14, 2011 at 5:41pm
I believe there is intuition. :)
Comment by Michael Smith on May 14, 2011 at 8:18am
I don't think that Karma is a particularly useful way of looking at the world. I would want it defined, first. Mystical beliefs trouble me. It is true that people sometimes that do bad things suffer consequences, but sometimes not. Justice is not guaranteed in this world, and it's up to us to make Karma in our lives and the lives of others.
Comment by Richard Healy on May 14, 2011 at 3:22am

I once told that joke at a sceptics meeting.  Imagine, if you can, the outraged stares I got back (like a troop of baboons going "oooh") when I got as far into the delvery as "believe in karma."

 

I've been worried about being taken seriously ever since.

Comment by Azel Praer on May 14, 2011 at 3:06am
@richard i do hope so ;)
Comment by Richard Healy on May 14, 2011 at 2:11am

I believe in karma.

 

I do terrible things to infants and small animals all day long and I assume they deserve it.

 

Steve is talking sense, whereas I am joking.

Comment by Renshia on May 14, 2011 at 1:50am

I believe in gut instinct or intuition. There are times when things just don't feel right. Maybe it's just being aware of your surroundings but, it has served me well. Many times I have changed a course of action or strategy because, my gut said no and later found out is was the right thing to do. Again, I think it comes with the degree in which a person pays attention to their surroundings.

As far as karma, well I guess if that's what you want to call it then yeah, I think we can attract negative and positive things into our lives. But again it comes from being aware. If you manage your life sufficiently, you will create the life you want, if you mismanage it then, the results will show for themselves. There's no magical force but actions have consequences.

Comment by Brian George on May 14, 2011 at 12:36am

I don't believe in karma at all. To me karma implies that there is some external balancing force controlling the events of peoples lives and the world. To me it's just wishful thinking that there's some force at work when we actually get to see someone get what they deserve. I agree with Steve that the ideal of karmic justice is based on our counting the hits and not counting the misses. I think if there really was "karma", we'd have a much smaller prison population and much more land being used for cemeteries.

Again I'll agree with Steve and others that intuition is based on the sub-conscious ability to recognize patterns based on past experience. Beyond that, you start delving into the "psychic" realm.

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