[extropy-chat] re: embedded in open hearts (Meta/EP)
fauxever at sprynet.com
Sun Apr 10 19:18:34 UTC 2005
From: "Eugen Leitl" <eugen at leitl.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2005 11:44 AM
On Sun, Apr 10, 2005 at 02:08:40PM -0400, Keith Henson wrote:
>> Indeed, especially when the whole emotional outpouring around the Pope's
>> death is so intensely interesting on a meta level.
>> Why do humans react this way?
>Even more interesting, why others don't.
Yes, I've wondered that, too. Ever since childhood I observed religious
rituals (and listened to religious explanations) with the "openness" that
maybe - just maybe - when I became older I would understand the stuff that
didn't make sense to me then. I didn't see any benefit to (and certainly
didn't feel good about) belonging to any "exclusive" club where other people
were ostracized or thought of not as kindly. So when I got older - rather
than understanding religiosity better, I came to value critical thinking
more and eventually lost my "openness" to supernaturalism.
> I don't get nationalism, sport fandom or religious attachment at emotional
> level. It just bores me to tears, or gives me a case of creeps.... I
> suspect most others here do not, either.
Count me in. When I read about "emotional contagion" in a psychology class
decades ago - I thought: "Aha! That's it!"
I tend to avoid crowds if at all possible - sitting in the middle of a pack
of humanity at a sports stadium is the stuff of nightmares to me.
> Does anyone here have connections to any psychological profiling people?
... yes, do tell - especially if you have information about humans with that
rare physical defect: the absence of even one religious bone? ;>)
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