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Old 05-27-2005, 02:11 PM   #21
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Uh, yeah..

It is perfectly possible to be delusional about religion and "religious" people when you're anti-religion

That's all I have to say
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It's also been known too that neurotransmitter levels have often been an indicator of how "religious" someone is. Someone with higher levels of dopamine (which is interpreted in the temporal/frontal lobes) is often "more religious." Likewise, someone with low dopamine and high serotonin is often more likely to be agnostic/atheist.
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Ive been googling and the weeny bit I read indicated that higher levels of dopamine are present in individuals who are thrill seeking. Could it be people with high levels of dopamine like attending religious ceremonies for the natural high from it? I'm thinking about Gospel type Christian churchs. The participants usually look like they are receiving a great deal of enjoyment. (on the tv. I've never actually attended a service.)

Is the higher level of dopamine present in people who are religious, or people who believe in God(s)? I notice you mention people with low dopamine are often more likely to not believe in God(s) etc. What about people who believe in God(s) but are not religious? Or people who don't believe in God(s) but adore a bit of pomp and ceremony?

Is the levels of dopamine associated with beliefs? or practices?

Reading that article it seems to discuss beliefs but I'm in way over my head with this topic so I could have the wrong end of the stick.

Also, is it possible for a person to have high levels of both dopamine and serotonin? And conversely is it possible for a person to have low levels of both dopamine and serotonin?

Apologies for all the questions.
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Phenylalanine --> L-Tyrosine --> L-Dopa --> Dopamine --> Norepinephrine --> Epinephrine

Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. Supplements are available for both phenylalanine and tyrosine. The latter is usually tolerated better (and those with PKU have to take tyrosine supplements to produce dopamine).

<snip for quoting sake>

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PS Thanks Melon. I appreciate the time and effort undertaken to address my question. Thank you.
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Well, in that case, I'm dopamine-heavy. And it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
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Uh, yeah..

It is perfectly possible to be delusional about religion and "religious" people when you're anti-religion

That's all I have to say
Ditto
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are the two mutually exclusive?

seems to me they often go hand-in-hand.

what we need more of is nuance.
Too true.

But I don't know whether I could simply categorize religion under mental illness.

I'm an agnostic. I'd be an atheistic, but....I'm still hoping. There have been times wished that I could have faith; people I know who have faith, simple belief in something larger, seem to have a source of comfort that I've envied at times.

But there's a part of me that wouldn't be surprised if religious experience is fully explicable by science/psychology.
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Interesting site melon. This thread couldn't have been better scripted lol...
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By "scripted" I guess you mean it's predictable the way people responded to it, that goes both ways though Honestly I feel insulted sometimes here for my religious beliefs, and I don't honestly think I've ever insulted anyone else's beliefs/non-beliefs/ whatever. I make every effort not to do that. But it gets tough to feel insulted and at least not respond in some form or fashion.

Actually I was only replying to one post in the thread not to the thread in general, I assumed that's what NBC was referring to, that one post. I don't want to point out which one it was- I think it's rather obvious.
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No no, sorry Mrs S I didn't mean it like that. On that note though, I am saddened that you do feel offended by others in here, no doubt I have been one to do so at various times as I am probably too outspoken in my own criticisms and state of being offended by religion. If so, I do apologise. You are one of the nicest people when talking about your faith and never do any judging or pulpit lecturing.

But on melon's original post though, I was referring to what I believed was a combination of irony, shit stirring, and perhaps mild sarcasm. Facts aside, or rather, valid opinions, which the article seems to suggest and that others have taken to discussing. Part of which I am sure was melon's intention anyway. I could be entirely wrong on the former even being part of it. I am too cynical. But yeah, as well, we do tend to stick to our replies in a regular way. I know I do as well.
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The only other thing I want to say is, I don't feel offended at all by people who have legitimate questions and state their opinions in a respectful way. If it gets to me I just avoid it. I'm sure you know what I'm getting at Angela. Certain types of posts however get tiring and can become hurtful, just as much as certain types of posts can for people who have opposing viewpoints. That's all

I'm sure perhaps people who say certain types of things about religion are spoken to in private, but when that's unclear it becomes sort of an issue for me. It can get to the point where it seems to be a bit of a double standard, but maybe I'm wrong. Don't get me wrong, I'm not insulting pax or any of the other mods who do a good job considering..
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You're very right. I agree. I think religion needs to be respected as much as any other topic, like politics or social issues (though I fail in respect, I know), but unlike the others, it is a personal thing for many. And who's side gets more support? Neither should, I dont think, but what do we do when we have one side of the coin offended by a certain faith's views, and then those of that faith getting offended by criticism?
I'm speaking in general here, it seems we are reaching the same point anyway
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I don't know Angela, you make some very good points

Maybe we should all just hug and kiss or something
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This description could fit multitudes of people who do not follow religion per se-- many of our great artists, some of our great leaders. Maybe our brains are just charged differently.

I remember a quote by Neil Young where he talked about some psychiatrists wanting to study him because he had epilepsy and they wanted to know what he saw during the seizures. I doubt Neil Young could be considered a religious fanatic.

Mental illness or not, I'd hate to be deprived of some of the visions created by my favorite artists. I don't want to be denied the color in an increasingly grey world (or black and white, if you prefer).
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Picasso was a communist who found friends in others who alongside him, hated fascism. And that brought us Guernica Not religion, but a possible mental illness to some lol.

Ah, I had a point and I lost it

and for Mrs S though
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We throw the mantle of mental illness around so easily.

Seems the working definition is if someone behaves or thinks differently from us, they are mentally ill.

PS, some of the Christians I've met are among the most psychologically healthy I've met. (As are some agnostics, some athiests). The choices people make don't bother me. Passion, whatever form, doesn't scare me. Vision doesn't scare me. Fanaticism, of any type, scares the hell out of me.

I define a fanatic as anyone who crosses the boundary of suggest into demand, anyone who sets the rules by which all people should live. To me, that borders on delusional.

However, this topic suggests something else. The correlation between pain and art. Doesn't seem to me there is much great "happy" art.
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No no, sorry Mrs S I didn't mean it like that. On that note though, I am saddened that you do feel offended by others in here, no doubt I have been one to do so at various times as I am probably too outspoken in my own criticisms and state of being offended by religion. If so, I do apologise. You are one of the nicest people when talking about your faith and never do any judging or pulpit lecturing.

But on melon's original post though, I was referring to what I believed was a combination of irony, shit stirring, and perhaps mild sarcasm. Facts aside, or rather, valid opinions, which the article seems to suggest and that others have taken to discussing. Part of which I am sure was melon's intention anyway. I could be entirely wrong on the former even being part of it. I am too cynical. But yeah, as well, we do tend to stick to our replies in a regular way. I know I do as well.
I read insulting and ignorant comments on sexuality in this forum on a regular basis, whereas equally insulting and ignorant racist, anti-Semitic, or misogynist comments would be closed instantly. Then when I've requested such threads to be closed on the basis of ending such a double standard, I'm told to "lighten up." Knowing full well that I can't get my point across by writing racist or anti-Semitic threads, I thought I'd reduce religion to the same level that sexuality is reduced to here: as a "curiosity" devoid of all happiness and reduced to a misunderstood psychosis.

I've tried for years to try and get people to think "empathetically" and to cut out the crap. Needless to say, it didn't work, because I could not find any equivalent for my target audience. After all, trying to address the "majority," who is used to getting everything it wants like a spoiled, pampered child, and make it think like a "minority" was just too much of a stretch.

So, hopefully, this is one step in that direction to get people to understand. BTW, my thread here is 100% scientifically accurate. I did not make up this epileptic illness, and, yes, it is still thought in science that dopamine and serotonin levels do determine how religious or non-religious a person is.

As far as I see it, religion is 90% about "community" and maybe 10% about "theology." I've known many "devout" Christians who wouldn't go to church alone. Or how many people would freely abandon a church if the pastor became a little too out there, but all your friends there thought it was alright? We go a long ways just to "fit in," even if I believe that such depths for socialization flies against what religion should really stand for. But I guess I'm not immune either: I stopped going and no longer consider myself "Catholic," because I cannot stand the theology these days, and nor do I identify with the culture anymore.

But I digress. The next time someone wants to make a half assed comment about sexuality, think of this thread, because I'm perfectly capable of reducing anything to an unflattering banality.

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You're preaching to the converted, dear. I support your views more than you probably realise.
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You're preaching to the converted, dear. I support your views more than you probably realise.
I wasn't addressing you specifically. When I wrote this thread, I wasn't sure who would read it, but I was also wondering if the people I targeted this to would bother to reply.

Anyway, people should know me better, as well. I've never been completely anti-religion, but I also think we need to deal with the "Taliban" in our midst who seek to monopolize Christian theology and manipulate it into a simplistic, judgmental, and small-minded religion.

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Yep, I'm with you now. I misunderstood that as being to me, instead of about the points I made... Sorry, it's a tad late here and I've been reading on postpartum depression, of all things coincidentally insignificant....

For the record, I agree with everything you said in the following post as well. As I no longer enjoy the privilege modship, I can only spit my venomous agreement in probably rather inappropriate ways though.
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Point taken, Melon. Although I'd note that many of the responders to your post are not people who have made half-assed comments about sexual orientation or believe that one's sexuality is a " curiosity devoid of all happiness and reduced as a misunderstood psychosis." Some have, however. I think even many of the Christians on board understood the arguments you've posted earlier and support you entirely. I've been accused of painting with a broad brush (and sometimes justifiably so) on other issues. I have no patience with people who have problems with anyone else's sexuality, but don't usually answer the posts because I think their posts speak for themselves. They are preaching to the choir. But I'm not about to silence them and you're not going to convince them. From what I can see, most of the posters on sexual orientation are either indifferent or supportive. It's just that the opponents are more vocal.

It's easy enough to reduce anything to "an unflattering banality."
Any side of an issue does it all the time. I stop paying attention then and as a whole, I'd rather not stop paying attention to your posts because you have some great ones. I've stopped paying attention to a few others, including probably those people you
are probably directing your post to. But I don't discard someone who identifies themselves as a Christian or other religion, a priori.
And even if I do not follow a religion, I would not reduce anyone who does to having a chemical imbalance. I abandoned my religion and most of my beliefs a long time ago and I don't think I have any less chemical imbalance than anyone else.
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