Re: Words and memes

From: Wade T.Smith (
Date: Thu Feb 21 2002 - 05:48:19 GMT

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    On Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 11:44 , Francesca S. Alcorn wrote:

    > Would it be ethical to identify a population which has a high level of
    > conversion (prison for example?) and measure the D2 receptors levels to
    > establish a baseline and then do a followup a year or two later with a
    > matched group of convert/nonconverts?

    Gack, it's bad enough these guys were forced by circumstances to turn to
    the salvation of some religion in the first place rather than be offered
    the solace of science and skepticism....

    Anyway, it's _mostly_ the social cohesion benefit of religious
    organizations that is the benefit making any inroads to improving health
    (regardless of the poorly designed and instituted studies proclaiming
    these benefits), not the tangential fact that one might be trying to
    find some way to believe in a supernatural being of indeterminate form
    or substance because otherwise some fellow inmate would be poking things
    up places the sun don't shine.

    The community itself is the key, not the transcripts of the meetings.
    And _any_ community would serve.

    We've just happened to formalize upon religious communities for this
    service, since charity is close to them.

    What's more interesting in prisons is why so many turn to religion. Why
    is it perhaps one of the only roads available?

    - Wade

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