weiner-vs-religion

 New Science magazine came out with an interesting article in 2002. It had to do with a person’s uncontrollable urge to look at child pornography*. The condensed version of the events are as follows. A married man, who worked as a schoolteacher had suddenly been gallivanting around the internet, visiting child pornography websites.  His wife found out about his perusal of child pornography and the fact that he had made sexual advances towards children.  He was evicted from the home and was later found guilty of child molestation.  The night of his sentencing, he took himself to the ER, complained of a headache and stated that ‘he was afraid he would rape his landlady.’  Eventually an MRI scan revealed a brain tumor located at his frontal lobe.  The tumor was removed and his urges subsided.  Later, he turned to child pornography again; another MRI scan was done and doctors found that the tumor had grown again.  The subsequent tumor was removed and his urges again subsided.

What’s really interesting about this scenario is that this person did not have control over his own body, due to a change in his brain.  What is the difference between the tumor and a “misfiring brain”?  Maybe nothing.  Maybe some people are predisposed to child pornography or compelled to do things they do not want to do.  I am not condoning any of this behavior.  I am merely thinking out loud and wondering if some people do things that are out of their control, even though they regard these urges as unhealthy and even volatile.

Take Anthony Weiner for example.  I do not need to regurgitate every detail about his lurid misdeeds.  Everyone is aware of the acts this person committed during the last 5 to 8 years.  In 2011, after a sexually explicit picture of himself surfaced on Twitter, he finally admitted that he carried inappropriate relationships (while married) with approximately six women over the course of 3 years, exchanging explicit photos and texts.  His career in tatters; he took a 2-year sabbatical.  In 2013, he returned to politics and entered the mayoral race in New York City.  He was only a few months into the race when news outlets discovered that he was again sending explicit images, this time to a then 22-year-old woman named Sydney Leathers, under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger”.  His run for mayor burst into flames.  One would think that life’s lessons at this point were crystallized in Weiner’s mind but then again, we are not Anthony Weiner.  On August 28, 2016 it was reported that he sexted a 15 year old girl, even submitting the now infamous crotch shot while his toddler son was asleep next to him.  It was later discovered that he shared rape fantasies with this underage girl.  His wife separated days later and he is under criminal investigation.

When a person of Weiner’s stature (no pun intended) continuously commits family and political suicide in front of the entire televised world, one wonders.  Is he in control?  Can a man, fully aware that he has so much to lose willingly decide to self-destruct in public, knowing the consequences?  Can he help himself?  Again, I am not condoning any of his exploits.  I am just trying to understand the minds manacles over an individual.  Is he wired differently?

What about religiosity?  Let us ignore the parasite of religion for now (my upcoming book will discuss this in detail) and lets focus on the mind of the individual itself.  Are religious people wired differently?  It is quite possible!  In an article on HowStuffWorks.com** Andrew Newberg, a doctor at the University of Pennsylvania is asking this very question.  The results are striking and they showed no religious boundaries.  A link to the full article is listed below.  As per the article, “Though the nuns were praying to God, rather than meditating like the monks, they showed increased activity in the frontal lobe as they began focusing their minds. There was also a decrease of activity in the parietal lobe, seemingly indicating that the nuns lost their sense of self in relation to the real world and were able to achieve communion with God.”  This experiment does not show that we are in fact wired to believe in the supernatural but the fact that supernatural nonsense is so prevalent in society today cannot be ignored.  The bible is filled with many tales of people who hear the voice of God in their heads, see visions and think that epilepsy is due to demonic possession. If someone made these claims in our time, they would be committed to a mental institution.  If these claims are written in dusty old texts, they are called prophets.

This brings up an interesting set of questions, which I will leave open for comments.  Since we are all evolved pattern-seeking individuals, are some of us just genetically predisposed to religion?  If we are in fact hardwired for religion, is God merely a figment of our imaginations, a construct borne from our minds?  If religiosity is imprinted onto our minds, is there any hope for a world without religion?  Are we just born this way?

*https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn2943-brain-tumour-causes-uncontrollable-paedophilia/

**http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/brain-religion1.htm

nephilim-giants

Why did the biblical Nephilim become giants among men?  The consensus is that they are the progeny of a angelic paternal father and a earthly maternal mother. “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days–and also afterward–when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4.  Now, before I proceed with with the dissemination of this mythological garbage, I need to state that I believe in full disclosure so I need to declare that the question above was asked by my wife Elke Lopez.  I was highly intrigued, not by the question, because the question is in itself is philosophical and I abhor philosophy but rather by her sound reasoning behind an argument against this purported gigantism. The usual line of thinking is that since the fallen angels were evil, this mixture of spirit and flesh would create malevolent giants only capable of hate and wanton destruction. Gods only course of action; to kill off the entire human race so that the hate that overtook humanity could never happen again.  He only spared Noah and his family, via an ark that Noah built.  “Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.” – Genesis 7:23. However, my wife, not satisfied with this understanding stated “Why didn’t Jesus become a giant?”  This thinking is very interesting.  The bible shows what happens when spirit matter meets a human ovum.  No one mentioned that Jesus was an unusually large human being, except for the apocryphal Gospel of Peter.  Can hate from a spirit creature affect the growth cycle of a human?  This line of reasoning becomes absurd when understanding  the biology of an animal.  The only way growth would be affected is due to the conflation of the two chromosomal providers, which neither happened to both the progeny of God or the fallen angels.

Lets allow the theist their peace in life by allowing this abomination of celestial and terrestrial creation to occur. Lets forget that gigantism is a characteristic that was observed in the beginning, due to the convolution of flesh and spirit.  Again, it must be stated that God wiped out humanity because it became intrinsically evil with these monstrous leviathans terrorizing the planet. But, if this is the case, why did God allow his angels to again infect humanity with their ethereal sperm, after the flood?  “We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). “We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” – Numbers 13:33.  I use the word sperm as a substitution to immaculate conception. The bible never states that they assumed human bodies, contrary to popular belief.  Did God allow for this mythological calamity to befall humans once again, for the second time, after the flood? What was the purpose of the flood?  Did the angels disobey God once again without fear? Did they not know what happened to their fallen brothers?  If God cannot keep his house in order, how can we have “faith” in the belief that he can rectify the supposed hell on earth?  This predicament is a reaffirmation of what we all secretly know God to be.  Not God at all. Immaculate conception was not a concept original to Yahweh. The demons did it first.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this line of thinking.  Please make your voice heard in the comment section below.