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Silver

It's all in the mind

Religion and its rituals have been argued by some notable researchers as consist of inherited disorders of some figures in history that escaped curing of their psychiatric illnesses/possession. The idea behind praying which consists of incantation of meaningless words and sounds, sitting, standing up and also lying down or prostrating on the floor, all these portray the manners other people became obsessive-compulsive and had to engage in these manners to deal with their disorders.

Even the stoning of some “imaginary figures” such as Satan, indicating casting one's bad behaviour away could be interpreted as one of these psychiatric symptoms of a well-known person in history. Hand washing intermittently between their prayers rituals resembles the obsessive-compulsive patients who could not put an end to this behaviour because they wanted to maintain some cleanliness.

Finally, many religious founders including some spiritualists that suffered from epilepsy became the founding fathers of many religions in the world. As this illness is characterised with hallucinations and visions when a patient falls down, anything he experienced in these symptoms of epilepsy or in dreams were given religious meanings by ignorant adherents who saw these as “warning messages” from their God.


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Silver

I like anything imaginative. I take the best elements of it and may use them elsewhere. The trouble with many in science is that they have no imagination. There minds are little more than dusty old books from which they quote word for word what they have learned and not a nanometer past that point. We have some on the BBC MB. I pity them their stunted minds.
Dave B

Re: It's all in the mind

Silver wrote:
The idea behind praying which consists of incantation of meaningless words and sounds, sitting, standing up and also lying down or prostrating on the floor, all these portray the manners other people became obsessive-compulsive and had to engage in these manners to deal with their disorders.

You don't think that the repeated incantation of things can have any effect on the mind then?

I am not talking about purely religious incantation, but even, "God, please make me a good person", repeated (and believed) often enough may have some effect on the psyche (it may not be the one desired but . . .) Leave out the "God" from that and, if the person praying has a belief in the power of repetition, it may still have some effect. We learn by repetition - whether it is chemical formulae or modes of behaviour. You might call it habit.

Mottoes, war chants, football chants and slogans, national anthems might all be considered bonding "prayers" of a kind, even the fully secular ones - making the individual feel part of a greater body of belief, trying to stave off the undesirable.

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