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« on: June 02, 2013, 12:46:26 PM »

Neuroscientist: Religious Fundamentalism Could Be A Curable Mental Illness

A leading neuroscientist at the University of Oxford says in the next 60 years doctors could be treating religious fundamentalism as a curable mental illness.

“One of the surprises may be to see people with certain beliefs as people who can be treated,” research scientist Kathleen Taylor told an audience at the Hay Literary Festival in Wales on Wednesday.

“Somebody who has for example become radicalized to a cult ideology – we might stop seeing that as a personal choice that they have chosen as a result of pure free will and may start treating it as some kind of mental disturbance.”

When Taylor said “beliefs” she didn’t mean just religious or cult ideology.

“I am not just talking about the obvious candidates like radical Islam or some of the more extreme cults,” she said. “I am talking about things like the belief that it is OK to beat your children. These beliefs are very harmful but are not normally categorized as mental illness.”

Author of “The Brain Supremacy,” Taylor believes, “In many ways that could be a very positive thing because there are no doubt beliefs in our society that do a heck of a lot of damage, that really do a lot of harm.”

In the book she cautioned that scientists have “to be careful when it comes to developing technologies which can slip through the skull to directly manipulate the brain.”

“They cannot be morally neutral, these world-shaping tools; when the aspect of the world in question is a human being, morality inevitably rears its hydra heads,” Taylor wrote. “Technologies which profoundly change our relationship with the world around us cannot simply be tools, to be used for good or evil, if they alter our basic perception of what good and evil are.”

In 2006, Taylor wrote a book called “Brainwashing: The Science of Thought Control” in which she studies that persuasive tactics of groups like al-Qaeda.
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« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2013, 01:29:47 PM »

There is hope for a_ahmed yet !
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« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2013, 01:41:46 PM »

Religion Could Be A Curable Mental Illness




now that would be worth while...
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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2013, 01:50:28 PM »

i live with a religious fundamentalist

sets alarm multiple times a night to pray
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2013, 02:00:51 PM »

How do we find a cure for liberalism? I would actually be willing to contribute some tax $$ for that.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2013, 02:39:29 PM »

How do we find a cure for liberalism? I would actually be willing to contribute some tax $$ for that.
I agree liberalism pussy foots around to much with reforms and the like.  A revolution would be better, just eliminate religion by force, Islamic style, you either accept treatment for your religious mental illness or face the sword.
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« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2013, 03:32:25 PM »

It isn't at all clear that beliefs are even legitimate posits of an idealized scientific psychology, let alone what their exact relation is to the brain stuff studied by neuroscientists (other than belief report/brain activity correlations); let's learn to walk by addressing these basicmost issues before trying to run with vague, speculative bullshit.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2013, 04:01:49 PM »

Islamic fundamentalism is curable................. .with a little canned sunshine. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2013, 05:56:28 PM »

I agree liberalism pussy foots around to much with reforms and the like.  A revolution would be better, just eliminate religion by force, Islamic style, you either accept treatment for your religious mental illness or face the sword.

I'm up for dealing with the devil. Come on at us.
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« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2013, 06:00:20 PM »

How do we find a cure for liberalism? I would actually be willing to contribute some tax $$ for that.

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« Reply #10 on: June 02, 2013, 06:01:24 PM »

It isn't at all clear that beliefs are even legitimate posits of an idealized scientific psychology, let alone what their exact relation is to the brain stuff studied by neuroscientists (other than belief report/brain activity correlations); let's learn to walk by addressing these basicmost issues before trying to run with vague, speculative bullshit.


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« Reply #11 on: June 02, 2013, 06:03:57 PM »

So 7 billions of people are "mentally ill" ?

Where s the article's source?
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« Reply #12 on: June 02, 2013, 06:12:13 PM »

Please let Kathy know that if I'm alive when the cure is being tested that I volunteer to try the Jesus pill.
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« Reply #13 on: June 02, 2013, 06:21:15 PM »

when will they find one for obsessive compulsive disorder?
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« Reply #14 on: June 02, 2013, 06:23:39 PM »

when will they find one for obsessive compulsive disorder?
didnt you know? every single human behavior is an illness, disease, that requires drugs and doctors to cure them.
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« Reply #15 on: June 02, 2013, 07:32:34 PM »

So 7 billions of people are "mentally ill" ?

Where s the article's source?
More like 5 billion.  And for sure there mentally ill, have you see the state of the world.  Only religious people could fuck up such a beautiful planet so much.
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« Reply #16 on: June 03, 2013, 02:07:50 PM »

"Imagine no religion, it's easy if you try
 no hell below us, above us only sky"..............
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« Reply #17 on: June 03, 2013, 02:10:22 PM »

I thought you said psychiatry is balonie?
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« Reply #18 on: June 03, 2013, 02:15:51 PM »

sweet. finally tax dollars being spent on something useful
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2013, 03:18:14 PM »

Don't need to be conservative. Within 20 years the brain will be cracked. So 20 years tops.
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« Reply #20 on: August 07, 2013, 10:36:04 PM »

I would barely call this science.

We haven't developed a novel psychiatric medication since the 80's.

We have next to no idea what "beliefs", "thoughts" or even consciousness IS in the brain.

This all stems from some limitid research on neuromodulation. Like a pacemaker, except for the brain. They have been put with some sucess into the brains of severely mentally ill people and stimulated the release of brain chemicals to bring them back into balance.

If you treat a religious fundamentalist, you are not treating religion or beliefs, you're treating their underlying disorder.

Religion is so odd because so many people believe irrational things about it, but operate the rest of their lives in a rational way.

Fundamentalists also act the same way, until they feel it's time to act. Terrorists have day jobs too folks.
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