By: Don Martin To: Fredric Rice Re: Moderation dw+gt; I'm not the one with the complex pro

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By: Don Martin To: Fredric Rice Re: Moderation 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 . . . .


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