Author Topic: How Religious Fundamentalism Hijacks the Brain  (Read 379 times)

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Offline Dia

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Re: How Religious Fundamentalism Hijacks the Brain
« Reply #75 on: September 23, 2021, 03:30:03 pm »
It seems to me conspiracy theories, hate theories and so on are bad ideas that are still with us.  So what happened ?  Did free speech work or did it fail ?  I'm asking these without prejudice, I don't have an answer but

It does seem that a lot of bad ideas get more entrenched as time goes on, unless there is a very clear and persistent consequence - ie: people who take random cures based on nothing more than rumor, where no benefit is noticed, and sometimes sickness or death ensues.

The Salem witch trials did end, but religion continues.

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I feel that these questions do depend on media and need to be asked.

I feel that in many ways, media is a reflection of who we are - it is a follower as much as it is a leader.  What media chooses to focus on is also what people respond to.  Putting the responsibility on media doesn't absolve us of our own responsibility to know if an idea is good or bad.

A good or bad idea might also depend on context: it's a bad idea to kill someone next door, but a good idea to kill the enemy you are at war with.  Religion is a bad idea when it's used to divide people, and a good idea if it's used to bring people together.