[extropy-chat] Islamic morons win yet again

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Fri Sep 29 19:16:07 UTC 2006

At 01:38 PM 9/29/2006 -0500, Brandon Reinhart wrote:

>Isn't it
>possible that even in a world without religion, you'd still have the same
>trends as long as you failed to address the root causes of the irrational
>rage that leads to jihad?

Has everyone forgotten the Red Brigade terrorists, Pol Pot and his 
merry men, and many other varieties of groups adopting extreme and 
suicidal violence not only without religion but often against 
religion (as representative of "the oppressors")? It's US/THEM, 
INSIDE/OUTSIDE bonding; religion just provides a potent and highly 
reality-checking-resistant form of affiliation, and seems to be based 
on an early childhood template for accepting "as gospel", ha, what 
every kid is taught about the structure of local reality, thereby 
allowing quick&dirty absorption of necessary cultural/memetic 
frameworks and much pre-installed but non-genetic content of those frameworks.

  Damien Broderick 

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