In commenting on another post, Dime wrote:
A philosophical thought. Why do people who have learned more things about the universe seem to find themselves in despair? It is as if enlightenment has led them to darkness. There was a time that people studied science to get closer to the Old One than away from the same.
As what was written on another thread, one views life from a perspective. The same image or experience is interpreted differently. One sees the hope. The other sees the despair.
It brought to mind an experience from my working days. I spent a 37 year career at Univ. Calif. Davis as an analyst in the central administration. UCD had a Christian Faculty and Staff organization which an engineering faculty member and I co-founded. At one of our meetings one of the faculty members asked me if I would be willing to research and make a presentation on the ‘arguments for a naturalistic basis for religion’. (Those of you who’ve spent much time on a university campus will appreciate what it means for a faculty member to propose a staff member doing such a thing, and how thoroughly the request illustrated the application of Christian principles on a campus.)
Anyhow, the research was fascinating but particularly interesting was a study done by a group in Canada. They fitted study participants with a ‘shower cap’ of electrical sensors and then asked them to do their religious thing. So, Hindus meditated, Bhuddists chanted, nuns prayed the rosary, Pentecostals spoke in tongues, and Baptists prayed.
They found that a particular area of the prefrontal cortex lit up like a Christmas tree in a similar manner for all these participants. It was in interpretation of the results that the key point became apparent.
The researchers’ conclusions: we know that meditation has positive survival benefits so clearly man evolved to benefit from these various meditation-like activities.
I looked at their research and came to a different conclusion: a Creator, who is a Spirit outside our space-time environment, wanted to communicate with His creatures, who were part physical and part spirit inside our space-time environment, included an “antenna” that would enable them to receive spiritual communications.
The main point, as someone has said, there are no a priori facts, there are only a priori assumptions. Therefore, we all need to be cautious because no one is unbiased.