X-Message-Number: 20147
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 15:49:18 EDT
Subject: Re: CryoNet #20132 - #20143

In a message dated 9/23/02 2:00:53 AM,  writes:

<<In the past, people had "mystical experiences" brought about by drugs, 
sleep deprivation, sustained meditation, suitably located brain tumors, 
accidental exposure to natural electric fields, neuro-transmiter imbalances, 
etc,. These experiences, by the very nature of the affected brain regions, 
were emotionally very intense and seemed completely real to those 
experiencing them. They had no knowledge of how the brain works or, until 
fairly recently, that the brain was the organ producing the mind. But being 
human, they needed an explanation and they came up with one that was 
compatible with their limited and inacurate kwowedge, and the nature of the 
experience: God was talking to them.

This is exactly, and ONLY what God is, a way to explain what temporarely 
can't be explained and to bring peace of mind to those who need it. Where 
does the Earth come from? God created it. How did all these creatures living 
on it come about? God made them. How could my very sick friend suddenly get 
better for no apparent reason? God made a miracle. Where are those voices in 
my head telling me the secrets of the Universe coming from? God is talking to 
me. And so on, and so on, and so on.

There is no God, there never was. We are now exploring the mysteries that 
made us invent the God concept and finding out how these things REALLY work. 
It is time to take the God hypothesis and put it where it belongs, in the 
trash bin of obsolete ideas, and then get on with our lives.

Francois >>

d:  your certainty about the above doctrines will probably earn you a red hat 
in whatever religion you eventually found.

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