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Where It All Began

August 28, 2010

It all began with one of our friendly philosophical discussions, this time on why humans punish humans for a crime like murder, between me and my good friend P. B. back when we were both Muslims. As a matter of fact, it was P. B.’s pure genius that made the thin and delicate discovery of the reason why a man kills another, or commits a crime that humanity regards as a “sin”. It was right there, in the sentence he uttered:

…maybe because the guy thinks he’s doing the right thing.

So simple; as simple as an apple falling on your head. At first we didn’t  fully grasp the profound meaning of what my friend had accidentally stumbled upon. We both stopped. There was a moment of deep focus and contemplation for me, when I realized my friend was doing the same. He repeated the sentence with a sense of shock and awe this time:

The guy thinks he’s doing the right thing!

I can’t paint a perfect picture of how it feels to put in place the first piece of a giant puzzle that could explain and refute a lot of inconsistencies promoted by religious dogma as pure “fact”, in a society where you are preached meaningless contradictions and paradoxes 24/7 coming out of every media outlet. It’s like playing a game of “Mine sweeper” when you manage to guess an empty spot revealing so many mines around you, giving you a perfect opportunity to start discovering and diffusing them all.

Suddenly a light was shed on a lot of things; suddenly a lot could be explained by a single sentence. It was like I was taken out of the religious bubble, looking at it from above, seeing people inside looking so small, going around in circles in a confused manner. For a moment I felt we had a big secret and it was so enormous we couldn’t share it with anyone, because if we did, we could get into a lot of trouble. I’m talking torture and death sentence. We had solved the mystery of Free Will, and proved the fact that such a thing, in its religious sense, does not exist.

The idea that became the basis of our explanation for human behavior considered human beings (and other animate beings later on) as sort of “machines” that followed what they deemed satisfactory. Just like a computer system, these machines are guided by only two factors: their metal power and analysis capabilities (which now we refer to as IQ), and the information the machine has access to. A few years later, when I really got into philosophy and science I realized how the hypothesis we formed based on that single sentence was so incredibly compatible with what Charles Darwin had observed 150 years ago. I will explain that hypothesis in detail later.

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3 Comments
  1. P.B permalink

    Thank you for the credit.

  2. bapt93n permalink

    The problem with believers is that they are slaves to their beliefs; hence they will reject any evidence contradicting their beliefs.

    Most ex-believers were never really believers, they probably only follow the motions, and probably never questioned their beliefs seriously. When they did, they realized, their beliefs were only that, beliefs without evidences. That is why they rejected their faith.

    Believers in general never really question their beliefs and actually avoid questioning them, for fear of god! That is why, they will not want to swear to their god that they are truthful for example, and this, will turn them in!

    However since religions were brainwashed into you as a kid even though you have abandoned it, there are still sequels that will stay with you for the rest of your life. This is child abuse performed by all religions, especially monotheist ones.

    This note just to stay in touch.

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