OpinionScience will eventually provide a way to cure people of their religious delusions.
      – Lee J Haywood, 2009-07-29 at 18:41:42   (11 comments)

On 2009-07-30 at 08:34:50, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't think this will ever be the case. Whilst scientists have identified regions of the brain associated with religious belief, religion is predicated on a belief in a god. And belief in a god is an axiom that leads to lots of deductions which become just as unshakeable as non-belief leads to a different set of deductions.
On 2009-07-30 at 09:24:43, Thelevellers wrote...
Depends on how you mean 'cure' - theoretically I can see the one day we could hack that section out of the brain with few ill effects, but I don't think that counts... It's a no to the other form (that we talk everyone around to disbelief). Though there is potential for the education system to be revamped enough to catch 'em young, and if we could just gert rid of those pesky religious primary schools... :P
On 2009-07-30 at 10:29:46, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I don't think you can do that - you can only counter religion with extra knowledge. Cutting out a part of the brain will at best make people less knowledgeable, so they'd be more likely to be religious. Alternatively, there are drugs that create 'religious experiences' (whatever that means) so if we could work out how they act maybe there's some way to make someone less susceptible to their own imaginings.
On 2009-07-31 at 14:03:55, Thelevellers wrote...
Good points... Talking of such things though, I just read in my weekly newspaper that a scientist has isolated the part of the brain connected to moral opinion, and can apparently change them with a magnetic pulse?!? :O Apparently she doesn't answer the phone to the Pentagon - wont be long though I would have thought?! :S
On 2009-07-31 at 14:14:08, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Which newspaper was that in? (-:
On 2009-08-01 at 09:18:41, Thelevellers wrote...
The Grauniad Weekly - found it as an expat, and realised that daily newspapers are too much when I returned! Weekly is ideal... :)
On 2009-08-01 at 15:31:24, Scarletxstarlet wrote...
The best we can hope for is that religion becomes socially anathema. It's not rational, so rationality can't cure it.
On 2009-08-02 at 01:39:20, BorgClown wrote...
Disagreed. Science doesn't cure, applied science (AKA technology) does. But religion is incurable, the best scenario I envision is lots of closet theists who nevertheless leave the real world work its magic.
On 2009-08-02 at 01:40:59, BorgClown wrote...
@Thelevellers: Flip-flop morality? That's why cell phones became so prevalent, we're being prepared for the mass brainwash!!!
On 2009-08-02 at 01:42:14, BorgClown wrote...
Depending of the magnetic pulse's requirements, cell phones would be the ideal vector. We all take them to our heads, and we always place them in the same position.
On 2009-08-02 at 10:08:56, Lee J Haywood wrote...
Dear god. Please prove to everyone that you don't exist. Amen. @BorgClown: I asked if science would provide a way, even if that way is through resulting technology. The science has to come first, then the application of the new knowledge. @Thelevellers: I read a long time ago about a religious area being detected in the brain, hence this opinion, but not heard anything about it since.