Theism or escapism?
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30-01-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Theism or escapism?
So I've been an atheist since i could think. I never realised that the bible was 'meant' to be taken differently to any other work of fiction. And as dynamic and evocative as abrahamic symbols and motifs can be in other media it never had as much personality in my view os other myths.

That said, I apparently want to believe. Not in any religion in particular, but the uncanny and the other in general. I study a variety of martial arts (actual martial arts, no martial sports) and when they talk about chi and personal energy i eat it up. for all intents and purposes my actions in the dojo are those of a believer. Never mind that i will later find that the ability to cause someone to flinch by only 'fighting intent' is clearly just playing on a reflexive response to subtle instinctive thread indicators. Or that the ability to throw an oponent without touching them is less magic and more exquisite control of your oponent's momentum combined with another flinching reaction.

when im not doing that my mind is filled with what amounts to role playing myself in a dozen worlds where various myths, systems of magic or supernatural phenomena are realised facts. This month a series called madoka magica started and as it turns out i already had an answer to the question that will doubtless take much of the series for madoka herself to answer "If you had the chance to earn a wish (in the genie of the lamp, grants anything etc sense) in exchange for a period of service to a supernatural entity, would you take it? And if you did, what would you wish for?"

So i will say i very much understand why theists want to believe. But i actually think its mentally unhealthy for them to indulge to the point they cannot tell their escapism from reality.

thoughts?
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30-01-2011, 07:37 PM
 
RE: Theism or escapism?
(30-01-2011 06:51 PM)DoE Wrote:  I study a variety of martial arts (actual martial arts, no martial sports) and when they talk about chi and personal energy i eat it up. for all intents and purposes my actions in the dojo are those of a believer. Never mind that i will later find that the ability to cause someone to flinch by only 'fighting intent' is clearly just playing on a reflexive response to subtle instinctive thread indicators. Or that the ability to throw an oponent without touching them is less magic and more exquisite control of your oponent's momentum combined with another flinching reaction.

Well im not completely sure what you were talking about in this post xD , but this part reminds me of a TV show I watched with one of my favourite performers Derren brown, he works with psychology, magic, hypnosis and misdirection and showman ship

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/67471/derr...ind_punch/

In this video is a kung fu master who demonstrates how he can focus all of his power into his fist to punch really hard, and then Derren shows how he can manipulate a persons mind to make them think they are being punched without being touched... its funny Smile


here are some videos for fun Tongue
I also found another video where he convinces the people who give out winnings at dog races several times that a losing ticket is a winning one and he walks away with free money xD
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1110217/de..._how_to_m/

Here he tricks shops into accepting blank paper instead of money xD
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/579884/how...brown_nlp/

He makes people forget things xD
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1110165/de..._hypnosis/

He makes himself... invisible? O.O kind of ;p
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1128845/de...sible_man/

He steals things from people! -.- xD
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/575769/der...ypsy_scam/
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