[Paleopsych] fundamentalism and punishment

Steve Hovland shovland at mindspring.com
Mon Jan 10 20:42:48 UTC 2005

It would appear that beliefs are changeable, however slowly.  

Input is not ignored, it just takes a lot of data points to 
change beliefs.  

Speed of change may also vary in people, and at times of crisis 
those who can't change their beliefs fast enough may die.  

For example, my wife's grandparents were smart enough
to get out of Germany before their number came up.  But
many couldn't adapt fast enough and died for their beliefs.

Why is considered such a virtue to "die for your beliefs?"

Steve Hovland

-----Original Message-----
From:	Michael Christopher [SMTP:anonymous_animus at yahoo.com]
Sent:	Monday, January 10, 2005 12:20 PM
To:	paleopsych at paleopsych.org
Subject:	[Paleopsych] fundamentalism and punishment

>>It promises the Rapture of the believers into
Heaven, followed by seven years of Tribulation, the 
banishment of the Devil during a 1000 year reign 
of Christ (but individual sinning still possible), the
brief return of the Devil, his defeat, and a 
New Earth and a New Heaven.<<

--I'm starting to think the way to get a
fundamentalist to believe anything is to make sure it
involves a lot of punishment. DeMause's theory of
childhood trauma leading to political scapegoating
seems rather persuasive in that light.


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