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Life's Extremes: Atheists vs. Believers
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Adam Hadhazy, LiveScience Contributor
Date: 04 December 2011 Time: 08:54 AM ET

This December is chock full of "holy days," or holidays. On Dec. 25, Christians commemorate Christmas. For Jews, Hanukkah starts this year on Dec. 20 in the Western and international Gregorian calendar. Shia Muslims, meanwhile, celebrate Ashura today (Dec. 4), the 10th day of the Islamic lunar calendar's first month. Yet others in the Northern Hemisphere will party on Dec. 22 for the winter solstice, as druids might have ritualistically done so at Stonehenge in the U.K. 4,000 years ago.

Religion, it goes without further saying, is a very popular phenomenon. In the U.S., as in much of the world, a majority of people claim to practice some form of it. According to recent surveys, around 80 percent of American adults say they belong to an organized religion.

A minority of that population takes its religion very seriously. These individuals' behaviors and attitudes are largely influenced by what is perceived to conform to their faiths' dogmas. On the opposite end, another, smaller percentage of the population thinks that religion is absolute hooey.

Psychologists, sociologists and neurologists continue to study why some gobble up religion as profound truth while others reject it as superstition.
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  -Life's Extremes: Atheists vs. Believers rug  Dec-04-11 01:17 PM   #0 
  - being spiritual is inherent. religion is learned behavior nt  msongs   Dec-04-11 01:20 PM   #1 
  - Well stated. nt  humblebum   Dec-04-11 01:31 PM   #2 
  - How is being spiritual inherent?  Abin Sur   Dec-04-11 02:11 PM   #4 
     - A loose meaning of "spiritual" isn't necessarily supernatural...  Silent3   Dec-04-11 02:25 PM   #5 
        - Hm...that's a pretty broad definition.  Abin Sur   Dec-04-11 02:43 PM   #7 
  - Some people are more attuned to logical processes than others.  MineralMan   Dec-04-11 01:40 PM   #3 
  - That raises a question.  rug   Dec-04-11 02:26 PM   #6 
  - would you say that someone that doesn't believe they are napolean is "colorblind"...  ret5hd   Dec-09-11 11:12 AM   #15 
     - No, but then Napoleon hasn't posted here yet.  rug   Dec-09-11 01:23 PM   #17 
        - has god?  ret5hd   Dec-09-11 09:20 PM   #19 
           - Of course I have!  GliderGuider   Dec-10-11 12:49 PM   #21 
  - "Religionists have no problem with that logical difficulty", well, true, they do NOT, except...  MarkCharles   Dec-04-11 03:07 PM   #9 
  - There's an easy way to take an end-run around the difficulty of non-physical causation  GliderGuider   Dec-04-11 08:36 PM   #10 
  - An article filled with supposition and poor writing.  darkstar3   Dec-04-11 02:55 PM   #8 
  - poor writing is so easy to check  MarkCharles   Dec-04-11 08:42 PM   #11 
  - Not to mention, what exactly is "extreme" about atheism?  trotsky   Dec-05-11 06:12 AM   #12 
     - Exactly right! And so concisely said!  MarkCharles   Dec-05-11 07:44 AM   #13 
        - "Saying 'I don't believe' about anything..." is not extreme. It's normal.  humblebum   Dec-09-11 12:44 PM   #16 
        - Redefining words like "extremism" to fit with one's personal choice of  MarkCharles   Dec-09-11 04:36 PM   #18 
        - Excellent! Now extend that "skepticism of non-belief" out a little farther  GliderGuider   Dec-10-11 12:30 PM   #20 
  - We're no more than plants, animals - a life form.  Loge23   Dec-05-11 09:24 AM   #14 

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