V.N.K.Kumar
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Vangelis commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Religiosity & peak mental health
"And that is why Richard Dawkins contends that it is child abuse to teach religion to children."
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Compelledunbeliever commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post Religiosity & peak mental health
" I was recently trying to explain to a preacher how I not only lacked all the unfounded guilt that I had as a Christian but was completely at piece with myself mentally. You have laid out why which I felt at the time I inadequately was able to…"
Oct 8
V.N.K.Kumar posted a blog post

Religiosity & peak mental health

A mentally healthy person has to have these nine characteristics: -- - - Self interest, - Self direction, - Tolerance, - Acceptance of Uncertainty, - Flexibility, - Scientific thinking, - Commitment, - Risk Taking, & - Self acceptance.The non-believing intelligentsia could lack some of these traits but most of these characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people.Religion is directly opposed to the goals of mental health—since it basically consists of masochism,…See More
Oct 8
Grinning Cat liked V.N.K.Kumar's blog post The trajectory of my beliefs
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Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post The trajectory of my beliefs
"I said a long time ago that "live and let live" was my motto. My now long dead mother told me that idea was not defined enough. My thoughts then and now remain that it is just right. If I define "live and let live" I am adding…"
Oct 5
Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post The Gargantuan Delusion called Soul
"In my mind "soul discussion" comes out of man not understanding his dreams and has the added idea that we do not want to die. While asleep you could do anything or be anywhere. Yes, it must be your soul and it travels outside of the…"
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FREEDOM 'FROM' & FREEDOM 'TO'

Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, one of my religious friends asked me about the real benefit of an Atheistic & Secular outlook. All I could think of and say was this: “The journey toward Atheism is a quest for the truth, truth which can be empirically tested and for which you can gather evidence, however distressing & frightening the truth might be. It could be the discovery that we humans are all alone, there are no souls, no afterlife & no god(s) to help us”.Me: That is correct. But there is…See More
Sep 30
V.N.K.Kumar commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post The Gargantuan Delusion called Soul
"Well said dear friend."
Sep 30
Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post The Gargantuan Delusion called Soul
"I also think Pirsig was spot on about this and I have no delusions about the "soul." Going by scripture alone in the Christian bible we are told that "god breathed the breath of life into man and he became a living soul." It…"
Sep 30
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Michael Penn commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"He's more than that, Cat. Nobody on earth could possibly have any morality without this god, and it appears we could not have any laws either. Many of his followers think that court houses should be adorned with commandments, the first of which…"
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Grinning Cat commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"The magical, powerful Christian God could just as easily reformed the sinners he was so angry at, and not killed anyone! According to the flood story, that god not only chose the much more difficult course of action, he chose genocide. Yet…"
Jul 8
Thomas Murray commented on V.N.K.Kumar's blog post One reason for atheism is coming into contact with a variety of religions.
"   About 25 years ago when I was attending a university I took a course titled "Comparative Religion". We had an excellent, open minded professor who talked and dressed like a left over from the 1960 hippie days. For our final…"
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About Me:
I have degrees in Mechanical Engng & Business Mgt. Was training Managers in Industrial organizations in Time mgt, Performance counseling, team Building, conflict mgt, for 30 years. I am a contrarian & a secular humanist. I am also an autodidact in preventive medicine, positive psychology & Humanism.

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Religiosity & peak mental health

Posted on October 8, 2017 at 2:13am 2 Comments

A mentally healthy person has to have these nine characteristics: -- -

- Self interest,

- Self direction,

- Tolerance,

- Acceptance of Uncertainty,

- Flexibility,

- Scientific thinking,

- Commitment,

- Risk Taking, &

- Self acceptance.

The non-believing intelligentsia could lack some of these traits but most of these characteristics are CONSPICUOUSLY ABSENT in Religious people.

Religion is directly opposed to the goals…

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FREEDOM 'FROM' & FREEDOM 'TO'

Posted on September 30, 2017 at 7:18pm 0 Comments

Sreeni: Prof. Kumar, one of my religious friends asked me about the real benefit of an Atheistic & Secular outlook. All I could think of and say was this: “The journey toward Atheism is a quest for the truth, truth which can be empirically tested and for which you can gather evidence, however distressing & frightening the truth might be. It could be the discovery that we humans are all alone, there are no souls, no afterlife & no god(s) to help us”.

Me: That is correct.…

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The trajectory of my beliefs

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 4:00am 1 Comment

All my working life I was an atheist in the closet simply because my bosses & colleagues were of the religious kind, intolerant of atheists and I didn't wish to rock the boat.

But fast-forward to 2017 CE.

Place is Mysore, India and I am 80 years young. I can now safely call myself an atheist morphed into a secular humanist, after 40 years of deep study of cosmology, biological evolution, anthropology, evolutionary psychology, comparative religion,…

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Gods are just a Type 1 (False positive) error

Posted on September 29, 2017 at 3:58am 0 Comments

I am comfortable with not having answers to everything. By temperament, I have a high tolerance for ambiguity and uncertainty. But many people suffer cognitive dissonance when they face uncertainties and probabilistic world models, and they feel the need to close that loop with a definitive answer, regardless of how intellectually indefensible it may be.

This low tolerance for uncertainty in many others probably has an evolutionary origin related to the fact that in the Paleolithic…

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