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Religious fundamentalism could be treated as a mental illness in future.


Nemesiscorporation

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Not sure if this is the right section for this. As it clearly is the first step to making religious fundementalism a mental disorder, I think it should be under health.

According to Kathleen Taylor, a biology researcher religious fundamentalism could be treated as a mental illness in future, by treating it as a form of brainwashing, which it clearly is.
[video=youtube;80xKMuA3gKo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80xKMuA3gKo&feature=player_embedded[/video]

Kathleen Taylor who is a research scientist working in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford has postulated that religious fundementalism might in the future be a curable mental disorder, by treating it as a form of brainwashing. People who are brainwashed do not actually realise they are brainwashed and will argue to the point of absurdity they have not been brainwashed.

Taylor is argueing that advances in neuroscience will one day soon allow us to directly treat people in religious cults such as Al Queda and cure them of their extremism.

I personally think that could be a great advance in medicine. A cure for religious fundementalism would go a long way to solving quite a few problems in the world.

However I can also see dangers of the 1984 type, if this type of technology as it becomes available, is not handled and regulated properly. Personally I think this has parrallels with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World.

What is your opinion regarding this?


Read more at:

Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control
Author: Kathleen Taylor
Publisher: OUP Oxford; New Ed edition (27 July 2006)
ISBN-10: 0199204780
ISBN-13: 978-0199204786

The Brain Supremacy: Notes from the frontiers of neuroscience
Author: Kathleen Taylor
Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (25 Oct 2012)
ISBN-10: 0199603375
ISBN-13: 978-0199603374

Kathleen Taylor homepage: neurotaylor | watching the world of brain research

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The Brain Supremacy: Notes from the Frontiers of Neuroscience | KurzweilAI

Kathleen Taylor (biologist) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Religious Fundamentalism 'May Be Categorised As Mental Illness & Cured By Science'

Kathleen Taylor, Neuroscientist, Says Religious Fundamentalism Could Be Treated As A Mental Illness

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There are several books that warn about how problems of control in society can arise and there consequences.

Here are four books that I can not recommend enough to anyone to read that warn of these problems and there consequences in various ways, that have stood the test of time, in my opinion.


Nineteen Eighty-Four
George Orwell
ISBN-10: 0141393041
ISBN-13: 978-0141393049

Animal Farm
George Orwell
ISBN-10: 014139305X
ISBN-13: 978-0141393056

Lord of the Flies
William Golding
ISBN-10: 0571191479
ISBN-13: 978-0571191475

Brave New World
Aldous Huxley
ISBN-10: 0099518473
ISBN-13: 978-0099518471
 
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The mental hospitals are full of people who think they are Jesus or Mohamed – a bit like the DUP and FG.
 
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I would worry more about how fundamentalism would be defined - and mis-defined for political advantage - than about fundamentalism itself. The cure might be worse than the disease.
 

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I would worry more about how fundamentalism would be defined - and mis-defined for political advantage - than about fundamentalism itself. The cure might be worse than the disease.
Al Queda, Scientology, etc.

Anyone who forces there religious views onto others.

Fanatics who believe that a woman should be left to die if she is miscarrying.

Basically fanatical behaviour.
 
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Al Queda, Scientology, etc.

Anyone who forces there religious views onto others.

Fanatics who believe that a woman should be left to die if she is miscarrying.

Basically fanatical behaviour.
..of which there are none...

but it didn't take long for your own fundamentalism/mental illness to surface.
 

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..of which there are none...

but it didn't take long for your own fundamentalism/mental illness to surface.

Straight in with the abuse.

How was Mass this morning?
 

eoghanacht

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What about fanatical Liverpool supporters?

There's this one dude, he thinks he's a crazy horse.
 

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Beliefs should neither be criminalised nor made the cause of mental health treatment. Where a Muslim tries to copy Muhammad's lifestyle choices (marrying the young multiple times or spreading religion by the sword) then the State should intervene. Similarity if people like the idea of a personal god and an afterlife, there's no harm to it but if they start using their religious beliefs as a reason to draft laws of general application and think this is reasonable then perhaps the HSE should be on standby.
 

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Beliefs should neither be criminalised nor made the cause of mental health treatment. Where a Muslim tries to copy Muhammad's lifestyle choices (marrying the young multiple times or spreading religion by the sword) then the State should intervene. Similarity if people like the idea of a personal god and an afterlife, there's no harm to it but if they start using their religious beliefs as a reason to draft laws of general application and think this is reasonable then perhaps the HSE should be on standby.

So which is it?

'Beliefs should neither be criminalised nor made the cause of mental health treatment.'

'but if they start using their religious beliefs as a reason to draft laws of general application and think this is reasonable then perhaps the HSE should be on standby.'
 

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Al Queda, Scientology, etc.

Anyone who forces there religious views onto others.

Fanatics who believe that a woman should be left to die if she is miscarrying.

Basically fanatical behaviour.
Hilarious. This coming from the person with mental health issues of her own. Get off the internet for a day. Stop being a laughing stock.
 

eoghanacht

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And the second 'good' xian is in with the abuse.

Yis really have no problem showing yerselves up.

tut tut...
 

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How about fanatical feminists, are they mentally ill too?

See how that sort of thinking begins to work? Are all that disagree with certian points of view to be sent to mental institutions for 're-education'?
This is just the Gulag thinking of Fabian Socialists who's wet dream it is to lock up and silence all that disagree with them.

More and more I'm concerned that the state has begun to determine how and what people think rather than considering their actions instead.
The medicalization of 'the wrong thoughts' was a favoured weapon of the USSR against those that challenged the state, and it concerns me that we seem increecingly accepting of this behaviour also, thus a drunken womans racist ranting on the tube sees her commited to a prision mental ward for an indefinate and undetermined period. We don't even do that to sombody that commits an unprovoked violent assault.
I also find it amusing to see the that the actual mind controllers seek to redefine fundementalism as a mental illness to avoid acknowledging, however misplaced, that there might be rational motivations to fundementalism, as a source of power, belonging and as a response and reaction to particular events.
This nonsense is just another way for the state to indefinately detain those that disagree with it in the most insidious and the most troubling manner, because where does it start and where does it end?
 
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Mikey Moloney

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Straight in with the abuse.

How was Mass this morning?
Says the most abusive troll on this site. You offer nothing but bile and bigotry. This site is a good idea but it is increasingly unreadable as it is unmoderated. Seriously, have a few days off. You are never going to get a job being a sad pathetic troll. You need to have a good long hard look at yourself. Sad pathetic bastard.
 

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Says the most abusive troll on this site. You offer nothing but bile and bigotry. This site is a good idea but it is increasingly unreadable as it is unmoderated. Seriously, have a few days off. You are never going to get a job being a sad pathetic troll. You need to have a good long hard look at yourself. Sad pathetic bastard.
Jesus loves you too....
 
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It's all a bit uncomfortable to talk about sectioning people for their religious beliefs. I see there is mention of scientology etc but the truth is that catholics/protestants/muslims are just as deranged. Just because there are more of them doesn't make their beliefs any less cuckoo.

Does that mean they should be sectioned? God no.
I'd rather we just concentrated on improving education, with less empahisis on rote learning and more emphasis on thinking and evaluating.
 

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Hilarious. This coming from the person with mental health issues of her own. Get off the internet for a day. Stop being a laughing stock.
Says the most abusive troll on this site. You offer nothing but bile and bigotry. This site is a good idea but it is increasingly unreadable as it is unmoderated. Seriously, have a few days off. You are never going to get a job being a sad pathetic troll. You need to have a good long hard look at yourself. Sad pathetic bastard.

People in glass houses..
 

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It's all a bit uncomfortable to talk about sectioning people for their religious beliefs. I see there is mention of scientology etc but the truth is that catholics/protestants/muslims are just as deranged. Just because there are more of them doesn't make their beliefs any less cuckoo.

Does that mean they should be sectioned? God no.
I'd rather we just concentrated on improving education, with less empahisis on rote learning and more emphasis on thinking and evaluating.
I personally believe that by teaching logic from pre-school, until the end of education, that the extremes of fundementalism can be blunted.

I did mention in my OP that I saw a possibility of 1984 type abuse. It is clear the fundementalists who are posting have never read 1984, even though it could be a good comparative parrallel of there existance.
 

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It is interesting to see how quickly the religious fundementalists attack me for posting the OP.

The driven blinkered thinking of the fundementalist really does cloud the brain.

I wonder how much better there lives would be without fundementalism in there lives.
I'm an athiest, who still considers your Gulag thinking utterly wrong.
 
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