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Apr 22 2013

That is why they don’t know how to pray

Atheism is because of something missing in the brain.

Autism associations around Turkey have reacted angrily after the head of Adana’s Health and Education Associations for Autistic Children reportedly said autistic children were “atheists due to a lack of a section for faith in their brains.”

“Autistic children do not know how to believe in God because they do not have a section of faith in their brains,” sociologist Fehmi Kaya reportedly said. “That is why they don’t know how to pray, how to believe in God. It is necessary to create awareness [or religion] in these children through methods of therapy.”

He also reportedly said atheism was a form of autism.

Ok I know this one. It’s theory of mind. Autistic people can have a defective theory of mind. If you have a working theory of mind, you understand that other people have minds just as you do, and that they have thoughts that are theirs and not yours. You don’t know what they’re thinking. So…if you have a working theory of mind, you have the ability to believe in a pure Mind that is not in some body near you, it’s somewhere else altogether, and it’s mysterious and hidden.

Therefore atheists are autistic.

Makes perfect sense!

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  1. 1
    Jackie, all dressed in black

    So when I deconverted I became autistic?
    OK.

    What about polytheists? Do they have extra sections for faith in their brains?

  2. 2
    Pete Drummond

    I simply don’t know how to respond to that stunning piece of idiocy – I’m lost for wor… Erm… What the…. No – stunned! Maybe it’s my autism kicking in!

  3. 3
    MFHeadcase

    If so, would that mean monotheists have Asperger’s?

  4. 4
    FresnoBob

    I think you gave him an astonishingly charitable reading there, OB.

  5. 5
    busterggi

    Well I am an Aspie but I didn’t give up on god until years of praying got me no response (among other reasons). They need to do a study to determine whether people who pray repeatedly for years also phone numbers that are not in service during that time.

  6. 6
    Brian E

    But, he forgot to give it a nice Latin term. If you say sensus divinatus, it’s all tots real.

  7. 7
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Ummm… speaking as a polytheist, no…. I don’t have “extra” sections for “more faith”. I feel that Netjeru* gave us brains, and reason, and logic — we shouldn’t ignore or squander those gifts. Use them to their full potential, to preserve our planet, to heal, and to teach and learn!

    *The Kemetic deities. Each individual “god” is an aspect of Netjeru, and part of the whole.

  8. 8
    Eristae

    Oh, psh, even he doesn’t believe this. Let’s try an experiment.

    God sends people who are autistic to hell.
    God sends people who are atheists to hell.

    Which of these statements is going to be accepted by Christians and which will not?

    *snort*

  9. 9
    Claire Ramsey

    I must say, this is a desperately stupid claim. There is a special part of the brain for generating faith? I doubt it.

    My brain real estate includes the Cat Lobe, the Dog Lobe, the Ice Cream Lobe, and the Project Runway Lobe. There’s no room for a Faith Lobe.

  10. 10
    =8)-DX

    Yes, I think theory of mind is a good explanation for what he meant (what he thought he meant). And therefore autistic people who had problems imagining minds inside other people would have problems imagining an external godly supermind. But there’s a couple of flaws in this logic:

    1) Plenty of atheists are ex-theists and had no problems pretending, even strongly feeling the existance of the ficticious minds of gods.
    2) The ability of our minds to hold concepts doesn’t make that concept real, true or relevant:

    Brains are also wonderful at noticing patterns just about everywhere.. so by this logic, was that cloud I saw the other day really “an old man’s bum”? Did my soup really contain “high-fiving Elvis”? And most importantly, did Fehmi Kaya actually do any research .. like for instance finding out from atheists whether or not they are able to make use of theory of mind? Or did Kaya actually pull this “research” out of his poopy-hole. That’s what it smells like from here, and my pattern-seeking brain can’t but help make the connection.

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