By: Don Martin
To: Fredric Rice
dw> I'm not the one with the complex problem.
FR> Occult deity beliefs are a major psychological problem for
FR> people to overcome. Evidence of that is the fact that you
FR> don't know that you have a problem which needs to be
FR> corrected. That's the nature of superstitious ignorance.
You (and others here) may find interesting the article
by Rebecca Lee, "The Jerusalem Syndrome" in The Atlantic
Monthly (May 1995, pp 24-38). There are LOTS of Messiahs
around, and protestants are particularly susceptible. All it
takes for many is to visit Jerusalem and experience a
religious overload. The authorities find nice middle-class
Americans wandering the surrounding hillsides, dressed in
bedsheets. David Koresh was one such who recognized his own
divinity in 1983 and did not get treatment for it.
The treatment is a drug Haloperidol, "a dopamine
antagonist; some psychiatrists hypothesize that too much
dopamine can cause the mind to be overactive and project to
excess, to translate what _is_ into what _might be_--an
action of faith. An overabundance of dopamine, then. may
blur the differences on perceives between oneself and God.
Haloperidol blocks some of the dopamine receptors, closes
the gates, prevents interplay in the mind between what is
seen and what is unseen, discourages the leap of faith.
Physicians keep the dosage very low, however, fearing that
too much of the drug might wipe out the religious
imagination entirely." (p 38, col a)
Perhaps we atheists are simply hypodopaminic to the
hyper- of the fundies. Better things for better living
through chemistry . . . .