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Old 11-22-2013, 03:49 AM
 
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Fear of death, or fear of life after death ...fear of being alone with ones problems. Humans are herding animals, wanting to belong to a group(together we're strong). Superstitions. Religions offer an explanation for things humans can't understand. Lazyness, they don't want to take the time to think about things and figure them out.
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Old 11-22-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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It is easier than thinking for one's self

Does anyone recall this film from college psychology class?


Asch's Conformity - YouTube

The proof of this experiment shows that an individual subject will often believe that a group is correct, even if the answer does not seem correct. Using this knowledge, a person could be swayed by a larger group convincing the individual that they are correct.

Now apply this to a sales setting, adding the pressure to conform. Religion uses social psychology to the group's favor, influencing the individual while not allowing the individual to influence them. The end result, is an individual, when easily influenced, can be sold into a religious mindset, based on group psychology.
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Old 11-22-2013, 08:07 PM
 
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It is easier than thinking for one's self

Does anyone recall this film from college psychology class?


Asch's Conformity - YouTube

The proof of this experiment shows that an individual subject will often believe that a group is correct, even if the answer does not seem correct. Using this knowledge, a person could be swayed by a larger group convincing the individual that they are correct.

Now apply this to a sales setting, adding the pressure to conform. Religion uses social psychology to the group's favor, influencing the individual while not allowing the individual to influence them. The end result, is an individual, when easily influenced, can be sold into a religious mindset, based on group psychology.

Not being sarcastic, but this was very interesting but still it doesn't answer the original poster's question about turning (transitioning) to religion. Most people are religious from their upbringing.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:52 AM
 
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the biggest criminals find religion in jails, they turn to it as one would a friend, a long lost pal...when they're scared and lost and lonely
it explains why older people(or people who are getting older) turn to religion: fear of dying
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:59 PM
 
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Not being sarcastic, but this was very interesting but still it doesn't answer the original poster's question about turning (transitioning) to religion. Most people are religious from their upbringing.
I was addressing the group mentality. the idea of
"I will go to church Sunday because everyone else is"
That is a less valid observation in the 21st century than it was in the 19th, but it certainly explains how many people got there in the first place. They went along with the group.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:40 PM
 
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What are in your opinion, the main reasons for people to turn to religion? I'm interested in this.
They'd rather not think for themselves.
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Old 11-23-2013, 04:44 PM
 
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Ray Wylie Hubbard ~ Conversation With The Devil - YouTube
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Old 11-23-2013, 07:13 PM
 
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They'd rather not think for themselves.
Good post!

That simple answer says a lot.
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:52 PM
 
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Default Main reasons people turn to religion

There are myriad reasons . . . but they probably all emanate from an inner sense that God DOES exist.The mythological versions are the result of our ignorant savage ancestors trying to reconcile that inner knowing using their superstitions and fears. The more we learn about our reality . . . the less likely and more irrational the mythologies surrounding God seem. This is the problem of "a little knowledge is dangerous thing" because the deeper our understanding of reality becomes . . . the more likely God seems, IMO. Of course, it all boils down to preferences and opinions . . . no matter what.
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Old 11-24-2013, 02:39 AM
 
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It is easier than thinking for one's self

Does anyone recall this film from college psychology class?


Asch's Conformity - YouTube

The proof of this experiment shows that an individual subject will often believe that a group is correct, even if the answer does not seem correct. Using this knowledge, a person could be swayed by a larger group convincing the individual that they are correct.

Now apply this to a sales setting, adding the pressure to conform. Religion uses social psychology to the group's favor, influencing the individual while not allowing the individual to influence them. The end result, is an individual, when easily influenced, can be sold into a religious mindset, based on group psychology.
although 75% of participants conform at least once,
That last part shows why private forums are so important, although company drops conformity from 37% to 5%, privacy seems to drop it to near zero. I'm wondering about those completely independent 25% and the tough 63% though, they stand up in the face of uniformity..

conformity.html

When the people around them are religious while they (the 37%) are unsure or uncomfortable, they thus begin the first step to turning to religion.

There are myriad reasons for monotheism and atheism too . . . but they probably all emanate from an inner sense that gods DON'T exist.
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