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Over the years I have been dissapointed by pro…

Over the years I have been dissapointed by progressives attitude toward religion. About ten years ago or so athiesm was pretty common, and now it’s been replaced by Islam and woo religions. There are still plenty of athiests but they aren’t as respected. Just about every young progressive I’ve met was into some kind of woo whether it was tarot cards, homeopathy, flower essences, crystals or witchcraft. Oh and yeah the myth of “feminist Quran”. What happened?

hi there and thanks for your message 🙂

atheism is a
conclusion based on logic, evidence and facts. such a conclusion often comes with a high degree of understanding the scientific method (hypothesis, theory, empirical
research, falsification, etc.). it usually includes atarotcardism, ahomeopathism,
etc. for the lack of a better word.

on the other
side there is faith based religion, witchcraft, astrology, voodoo and other
superstitions, often in contradiction to scientific facts or not distinguishable
from random chance or a placebo effect. such concepts can then only be upheld
through ignorance, or simply result from illiteracy.

in a third
category there are oxymorons like “feminist quran” or “christian science”.

combining two things that are mutually exclusive to each other just shows these people do not have a clue what they are talking about.

the people
you mentioned are, imho, just trend followers, having not understood any of the
concepts they claim to follow. especially since atheism and scientific literacy
is closely related, going from atheism to religion is like having a university
degree, throwing it out of the window and go back to kindergarten and believe in magic.

What is “spirituality” and why do …

What is “spirituality” and why do so many people want it? Why do so many people aim for things like “a higher self”, “spiritual awakening”, “enlightenment”(in the woo sense) etc.?

i don’t think there is an accepted definition for spirituality, which adds to the mystic connotation of everything people call spiritual. it is convenient to have a non-defined word for it can have any meaning you want it to have.

“spiritual” people often use it to put themselves artificially above others since being “spiritual” makes them unique and oh so very special. it makes their weak ego feel better, there is really nothing more to it.

best thing to do is to call them out on their bullshit. when exposed they usually try a cop-out like “you just don’t understand”. then you can ask them to explain it so everyone can understand and painfully pin them down on it until they want to change the topic themselves to escape their awkard situation.

Today I found out there are people out there t…

Today I found out there are people out there that still believe in alchemy as some sort of “spiritual practice”.

alchemy, just as any other pseudoscience, is nowadays used as a scam to trick gullible minds into spending money. alchemy was not always like this but was historically the beginning of what we now call chemistry.

a long time ago, when alchemy and chemistry parted, alchemy remained with superstition and wishful thinking, it developed into what people wanted reality to be, but reality just would not bend to their dreamworld. chemistry on the other side developed into a scientific field, finding out about reality itself. it allowed people to understand chemical reactions and use this new knowledge within reality.

they have never been friends ever since…

for me, true spiritual moments are the ones when we gather new knowledge, when we find out incredible things about reality, sometimes unexpected, sometimes amazing, sometimes dangerous. they open the doors to whole new possibilities.

(2/2) Sorry, by ‘good content’ I m…

(2/2) Sorry, by ‘good content’ I meant like your one post about karl sagan and the spaceballs book of mormon thing. Everything else on your blog seems to suggest that you don’t understand most religions very well. For one you assume that the bible and the torah and other religious texts are taken literally. They’re purely metaphorical. Like aesop’s fables. Most people dont actually believe that stuff you know that right?

well, i am afraid your assumption about what i assume would have
required some more reading through my blog. to put it simply: you are wrong. religious
behavior can quite comprehensively be explained with psychological concepts
like avoiding cognitive dissonance. therefore religious people just start cherry picking. for illustration here a little flow chart
how it works:

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but since you understand religion so well: you say that the bible
and the torah are purely metaphorical,
then logically that includes that genocidal main character of these books called
yahweh. and let me cite you: “most people don’t actually believe that stuff”.

sooo…
although religious texts including its gods are purely metaphorical and people don’t
believe that crap anyways, could you please enlighten me why there is religion after
all? i have given my view on this, so would be cool if you share your wisdom with me.

thank you in advance

Mm. I feel like you’re a little more of …

Mm. I feel like you’re a little more of an assholethan you need to be about religion, but your content is good.

apart from your clumsy little trolling attempt, i actually like that you are one of the very few who do not send anonymous rants. at least you found something you liked, you are welcome

I’m glad you’re addessing athiests…

I’m glad you’re addessing athiests coming from Islam. Too often many try to make excuses making Islam look as good as possible, and worse these people often slam Christianity. They are blinded by politics to see Islam as a “better other” because they are attacked by many Christians, but none of that should absolve Islam and make it immune to critisism. All religious texts, be they Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, occult, Confucianist, etc. should not be immune to criticism.

you pretty much nailed it 🙂 i know, my blog is focused on religion, but in the end, what you said is true for any ideology:

people have rights, ideologies don’t. especially harmful ideologies can and must be called out for criticism, mockery and satire.

ideologies making claims must back these up with evidence. the one making the claim bears the burden of proof.

it is ridiculous to demand respect for an ideology without presenting any evidence, trying to silence criticism. religion invented the expression “blasphemy” for this, often with threats of harsh punishment.

to believe without evidence is equal to committing intellectual suicide. basically you shut down your thinking and become a braindead believer.

criticism, questioning, demanding evidence accelerates the process to find out if a claim is true or false, it debunks scams and switches brains back on. it is what keeps the world progressing towards new knowledge and objective truths.

For a person who doesn’t believe in reli…

For a person who doesn’t believe in religion you seem to be obsessed by it. A lot of Muslims don’t believe Muhammads wife was 9 they believe she was 19. So yeah you got a lot of learning to do. Maybe you’re just obsessed with thinking about 9 year olds and sex must be a pedophile. See how I can use your logic against you. Also, religious people can be more open minded than butthurt Athiests like you. You get so triggered by religion you have to be a salty ignorant prick about it. wanker

so you thought for real that it is the bad, bad atheists that portray muhammad as pedophile…? no, my clumsy little friend, muhammad’s pedophilia is very well documented numerous times in the hadiths.

to name just one of many sources: sahih bukhari volume 7, book 62, number 64: “that the prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old, and then she remained with him for nine years (i.e., till his death).”

in the language you like to use, it translates as: “muhammad fucked aisha when she was nine.” (by the way, he was 53 at that time)

i understand that muslim believers are avoiding or ignoring these verses, trying to defend a fabricated flawless image of their chosen prophet, but that does not change the scripture that they say is equally flawless and perfect.

so i strongly recommend you to do your homework first next time, before making a complete fool of yourself and exposing your ignorance about islam. come back once you have educated yourself. but then don’t just throw random ad hominems at people, embedded in incoherent gibberish which was never even close to a coherent thought. no one will take you serious like that.

I wonder what neo-pagans and others who revere…

I wonder what neo-pagans and others who revere the good ol’ days when mediciene used leeches and hanging stuff to repel fairies think of places like in parts of rural Africa were people kill others because they suspect people are putting curses on their family, people die because they turn to magic for snake bites, kill or dismember albino people because their body parts are used for magic, and animals are sacrificed for divination used to decide if someone is guilty of a crime.

so true. superstitions have a very dangerous potential; since superstitions usually are non-testable and therefore not verifiable claims, they can be instrumentalised to control believers or at least rip them off (religion, homeopathy, astrology, etc). as you mentioned, in the worst case people get killed for not conforming to the superstition or can not get the help they need, like real medical treatment. we still live in a demon-haunted world…

Keep your hate out of the wicca tag. Stuck up…

Keep your hate out of the wicca tag. Stuck up, hateful atheists really need to check themselves. Smh.

i seriously don’t have a clue
what you are talking about, but…

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Actually that Wiccan activist isn't a fri…

Actually that Wiccan activist isn't a friend, just someone I heard of and as someone who has studied logical and cognitive fallacies in psychology it feels very contradictory. I've also seen witch blogs on Tumblr emphasizing "does it work?" and critical thinking; typically these blogs are dedicating to berating other witches on Tumblr who have an "anything you do is legit magick" attitude toward witchcraft rather than traditional sources.

as i said, no matter how much we study about fallacies, if we have a deep wish to believe something, gullibility takes over and we put rationality aside, so that our wish is satisfied. at the end of the day, wicca is usually a harmless superstition as they seek to live in harmony with nature