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Aug 27 2010

Atheist Meme of the Day: Spiritual Experiences Aren’t Good Evidence

Scarlet letter Today’s Atheist Meme of the Day. Pass this on; or don’t; or edit it as you see fit; or make up your own. Enjoy!

“I had a personal spiritual experience” is not a good argument for religion or the supernatural. Given the inconsistency and unverifiability of spiritual experiences, these experiences are much more likely to be entirely physical, produced by the fallible human brain, than accurate perceptions of a real supernatural world. Pass it on: if we say it enough times to enough people, it may get across.

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    Cori May

    I had a ‘spiritual’ experience once, but I do not attribute that to any higher power, but just to some extremely messed up part of my brain, and one I would like to explore in no way involving a higher power.

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    fionn maccumhail

    When I hear the phrase “I had a spiritual experience” (or any variation on it), I cannot help but think “so you’re saying that some part of your brain circuitry burned out and you’re still suffering the consequences?”

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    MrCheese

    I had a spiritual experience once. Then I wiped, washed my hands and got on with my life in the same way.

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    Maria

    I had a spiritual experience once. Then I recovered and worked around the damaged bits.

  5. 5
    Maria

    The Maria usually commenting here:
    I’ve never had a spiritual experience. I’m still not clear on what it even means.

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    El Suscriptor Justiciero

    I’m not sure that the sentence “Spiritual Experiences Aren’t Good Evidence” is entirely right. The way it’s redacted says that spiritual experiences are bad evidence, which seems to imply that they are evidence at all. Which AFAIK they aren’t. Do you think I am right?

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