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Regressing to the mean (ancient)

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Submitted by Claire (United States), May 3, 2008 at 02:49

I think you're correct in assuming people feel like they tried secular so now they're regressing back to the ancient in Turkey. Realize that the EU rejected them because they viewed them as unable to be secular, so it's a vicious circle.

In statistics things do regress to the mean, and this seems to happen in many different types of systems. I also think there is growth in thought and we are just starting to understand the human brain and how indoctrination works. I think we'll start to see that some practices formerly associated with "religion," like meditation, prayer, some rituals and practices, etc. have little to do with religion and much to do with programming oneself.

I think we're quickly coming to realize that we don't need to believe in supernatural beings in the sky or self-proclaimed "prophets" to experience the things of value that religion has to teach us. We see that people who practice certain processes get the same benefit without the deities. I think that will slowly take hold as the word gets out.

Human beings are not naturally chaotic--they are somewhat ordered and go through periods of relative chaos before reordering. Religion was just an ancient tool created by humans based on the best speculation they had. As we know more, I think religion will take shape. People will never fully embrace something that involves hatred, murder, etc. That's why Bush, the Taliban, and others who seek to control others and force them to conform will never be successful. If you are controlling, people will eventually overthrow you.

One thing I do like about the U.S. is if we don't like the government, a new one is never more than 8 years away, so it generally self-adjusts to keep the most virulent from retaining power. And although it failed during the Bush administration, separation of powers usually works to keep extremists from having too much power.

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