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THE RELIGION VIRUS (Are you R.V. positive?)
MEME: (pron. `meem') A contagious information pattern that replicates by symbiotically infecting human minds and altering their behavior, causing them to propagate the pattern. (Term coined by Richard Dawkins, by analogy with "gene".) Individual slogans, catch-phrases, melodies, icons, inventions, and fashions are typical memes. (Wheelis, quoted in Hofstadter.)

Ideas (memes) are subject to the same Darwinian evolutionary principles as genes are. The successful ones survive and spread rapidly, some survive but don't spread so successfully and others fade away. Like genes they might group together forming packets or systems of mutually-supporting ideas (meme complexes) like football or communism or christianity. They can mutate, evolve, go through periods where they flourish and periods where they don't. Unfortunately how successful they are has nothing to do with whether they are true or not.
Some of these meme complexes have their own self replicating instructions and have a detrimental effect on thinking performance, sometimes even leading to a complete mental breakdown. I equate these meme complexes with computer viruses. They are brain viruses.

Religions are examples of brain viruses, they reduce the performance of the brain.
Here are some examples of the detrimental effects of religious viruses.

  • The Inquisitions (mass christian paranoia)
  • The Crusades (millions were butchered for not being christians) Check out Victims of christian faith (I dare any christians to go here)
  • All religious wars
  • Sept.11 World Trade Center Suicide Attack
  • The followers of Rev. Jim Jones, David Coreth, Sun Moon, Heavens Gate etc., etc. (all cults)
  • Catholic resistance to birth control
  • Catholic transubstantiation
    (in the truly bizzare official catholic doctrine of 'transubstantiation' the wine and wafer in the catholic communion ritual do not just symbolize Jesus' blood and flesh but are his blood and flesh.)
  • The Galileo saga (Only in 1992, was the Roman Catholic Church ready to grant a pardon to Galileo and admit publicly that the Earth does indeed revolve around the Sun.)
  • Darwin's battle
  • People who do not believe in evolution. Evidence of evolution is absolutely overwhelming. Check out the Creation Research Society. (A bunch of people, some with PhD's in physics, believe that the universe is less than ten thousand years old, despite overwhelming cosmological, chemical, geological and biological evidence that it is billions of years old. Definite viral damage here.) The wild world of creationism runs amok on these idiots.
  • People that don't believe that humans are apes. (even visually obvious)
  • The murdering of pro-choice doctors
  • Exorcism rituals
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Pentecostalism
  • Fundamentalists (here's an example)
  • Born Again Christians (ever been to a born again church meeting?)
  • Evangelist Pat Robertson has said that in the millennial age the saved will be empowered to control geologic faults spiritually and thereby prevent earthquakes. (Time Special issue, fall 1992, page 8)
  • Stigmata
  • Iran and more recently Afghanistan and Algeria have caught particularly virulent strains of islam which leads to what can only be described as insane behavior. (The symptoms are similar to that strain of catholicism that was prevalent a couple of hundred years ago in what is sometimes referred to as the dark ages. {see above}) Women are forcefully prevented from going to school, they are not allowed to drive and they cannot go out without been chaperoned. Some have even been murdered for showing their hair or faces in public. (check out newsreels of the Iran/Iraq war and Khomeini's funeral) ( I could get shot for writing this.)
  • In 1993 the supreme religious authority of Saudi Arabia, Sheik Abdel-Aziz Ibn Baaz issued an edict, or fatwa, declaring that the world is flat. "Anyone of the round persuasion does not believe in God and should be punished."
  • faith healers
  • Walking on burning coal, sticking things into and through oneself, whipping oneself, etc.
  • Those people that bob their heads up and down at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem.
  • The idiots in Portugal who walk for kms on their knees to get to some shrine where a supposed miracle took place.
  • The image of virgin Mary appearing on anything from rock stains to pancakes.
  • All the crying/bleeding statues of religious icons sporadically distributed around this planet.
  • Kosher and Halaal food rituals
  • Those people who drink there own urine. (Water of life sect)
  • The Adams navel argument is a classic example of how the religious virus detrimentally effects the performance of the brain. It goes like this; God made Adam with a navel to make it look like he was born of a woman, and he also made this planet and the universe look like it was billions of years old even though he had just created it. God created this planet with the illusion of pre-existence, right down to geological strata and dinosaur fossils. He even used his magic to get light from stars and galaxies that are billions of light years away from earth to reach us in less than a week. He did all this to fool scientists into believing that the earth and universe were billions of years old. This ridiculously absurd argument was used in a pathetic attempt to reconcile geological and cosmological evidence with the creation myth in the bible.
  • The vacuum story (The theory that space might be a vacuum was condemned by the churches as heresy because their god was supposed to permeate all space. Just mentioning the word vacuum was considered blasphemous.)
  • astrology
  • astro-travelers
    check out Viruses of the Mind by Richard Dawkins

    Some more religious madness
    There is a cult, somewhere in India, who believe that they get reincarnated as rats, and these rats get re-reincarnated back into humans again. In the compound where they worship over twenty thousand rats have total free reign, often crawling all over worshipers. Large bowls of milk are laid out for these rats and the milk that is left is believed to have curative powers, curing the very diseases known by science to be spread by rats e.g. bubonic plague, typhoid etc.

    On T.V. the other day I watched this charismatic televangelist telling this absurd story about how he witnessed a fellow preacher, on the Ganges river, convert hindus, which he referred to as "heathens", to christianity. The "heathens" were throwing water in the air, claiming that the sparkle of the sun on the water drops was their god. The preacher then shouted to them that his god was more powerful than their god. Asking Jesus Christ for a miracle, he then threw some water in the air and it miraculously defied gravity and just stayed in the air. Next we have thousands of ex-hindus shouting "hallelujah". Anyone who believes this ridiculous story has a serious case of R.V.

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    Copyright Alfred Karius