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Upcoming August 10th Meeting

From: Jeff
Sent on: Wednesday, August 5, 2009 1:58 AM
John took care of the review of this meeting's discussion (thanks John!). You can see his write-up on the Message Board. As it happens, John also posed the winning subject for next week's meeting (and I may not word this right): why do humans have an urge to create, or perhaps just buy into, beliefs? John's example was a friend of his who believes in ghosts (what's up with that??).

It seems that the immediate response is that our human intellect has a primal urge to understand the world around us and to do that we seek out patterns and order to the world (we recognize these). Maybe in many cases, we actually impose a false pattern on the world that has less to do with the way things really are and more to do with helping us feel that we have some control in a frightening, dangerous world.

Is there a difference between "real" patterns and "imposed" patterns? If so, how can we tell the difference between them? Do we owe it to ourselves to learn which are real and which are not? For many people - maybe for all of us, these patterns provide meaning to our lives. If this is so, do we have an obligation to make others aware of their imposed patterns?

Frankly, I don't know if I've got John's idea right at all. If not, I'm sure that he'll correct me...

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