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Religious Kids Are More Selfish and Sadistic, According to Science


Society & Culture  (tags: religion, children, altruism, punishment, cruelty, sharing, selfishness, greed )

Freya
- 1279 days ago - alternet.org
An eye-opening new study finds children of faith are less likely to share, more likely to mete out punishment.



   

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MmAway M (519)
Monday December 14, 2015, 10:37 pm
TY...
 

Animae C (509)
Tuesday December 15, 2015, 2:42 am
i believe it's called self-righteousness.
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Tuesday December 15, 2015, 6:29 am
This paper may have results that are "pleasing" to us Atheists.
But, IT IS SO BADLY DESIGNED, SO BASICALLY FLAWED, as to make ANY results it comes up with, TOTALLY MEANINGLESS.
Atheists should NOT allow themselves to FALL INTO EXACTLY THE SAME ERRORS REGARDING "EVIDENCE", that the Right Wing does, and that we criticize them for!!!!!

Has anybody ACTUALLY - ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE? and not JUST THE HEADLINE????
HERE is what the article REALLY had to say.....!

"The Cubit is all for science—and Darwin!
In fact, that’s why we feel obligated to point out that Decety’s paper is

deaf to interdisciplinary critiques,

premised on an obsolete and misleading view of the world,

fundamentally unable to acknowledge its own hubristic assumptions, and,

consequently, unlikely to produce meaningful insights into reality and the human condition."

If you don't UNDERSTAND the word "Hubris" as used here, "Hubristic", then LOOK IT UP.....

The headline here is ENTIRELY MIS-LEADING.
This is PHONEY, and it is WESTERN-CENTRIC, NOT in any sense "Universal".

Please ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE.
And with MINIMAL UNDERSTANDING!
NOT just looking to have your particular prejudices you may have, "confirmed" so you can "congratulate" yourself on it!!!!!
Those premises are A BUNCH OF PURE CRAP.
We Atheists ARE BETTER than having to "rely" on SUCH FLIMSY, BAD "STUDIES" to justify ourselves with!!!!!
 

Suzanne L (89)
Tuesday December 15, 2015, 10:38 pm
Well-said BMutiny TcorporationsEvil. The article does note "Religiosity is entangled with all sorts of other cultural markers and experiences", and it admits that really very few variables were taken into account. We must beware bad research that starts out as biased, and then proves its' point by poor design. This taints science.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 4:12 am
Then, what can help beautify our world?
 

pam w (139)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 6:06 am
Religion is all about CONTROL....and children, feeling small and impotent, welcome the power to control. I don't need a study to tell me that.
 

Gillian M (11)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 10:10 am
People are selfish or not selfish but some religions tell their adherents that they are superior to those who do not follow the faith. Sorry Mutiny, I can see why Muslim children from religious backgrounds would be more selfish, their religion tells them that they are superior to kufirs or non-Muslims. Islam is not compatible with democracy because males are regarded as superior to women and kufirs and it is not compatible with the UN Convention of Human Rights.

Some extreme forms of Christianity are similar, one only has to look at the westboro Baptist Church to know that and they call themselves Christians! Some Catholics follow that line too.

Part of religion is also about the society in which they live and if they take themselves out of that community then they will regard others as lesser mortals.

Then you have to look at being taught, Jews have been vilified for thousands of years and people prefer to believe the lies/slander/propaganda rather than the truth because even moral people want to believe what they hear. There are many Judeophobes on care2 who support this and show how the study may well be right in its basic concept. And, yes, I did read it and I agree it is a very poor study and should never have been published as such.
 

Janet B (0)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 12:26 pm
Thanks
 

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 3:21 pm
Pam W. says it all. Sadly noted.
 

marie T (163)
Wednesday December 16, 2015, 5:32 pm
Lots of good comments covered all
 

Glenville J Owen (0)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 7:22 am
God is a name that is used to represent the All Life or Creator, and part of His Spirit dwells within each of us. Whether we are good or bad, religious or not, our Creator loves us all equally for it is, 'In Him we live and move and have our being'.
The Master, the Christ Jesus, when He was here on Earth left with us advice to love each other as we would have others love us, and if followed, whatever our beliefs, won't go far wrong as we journey through life.
 

Roberto MARINI (88)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 8:27 am
it is a strange outcome, I thought it was the opposite.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 12:16 pm
Not all religions are like this, true Christians are not as described in this article.
 

Janet B (0)
Thursday December 17, 2015, 12:28 pm
Thanks
 

pam w (139)
Friday December 18, 2015, 7:23 am
"True Christians" read and follow Leviticus. Hardly loving and forgiving.
 

Janis K (129)
Friday December 18, 2015, 9:34 am
“Religion. It's given people hope in a world torn apart by religion.” ― Jon Stewart
 

Janet B (0)
Friday December 18, 2015, 12:33 pm
Thanks
 

. (0)
Friday December 18, 2015, 12:35 pm
How can anyone live with such hatred and resentment in the heart, as demonstrated daily Penny B.? Must be hard work getting up every morning and be her. There are so many democracies to which she argues that democracy have little. There are so many children and their parents full of hate like her based on outdated religious fundamentalisms; baseless arguments; foundations without substance; as she defends. When the lie is naturalized, the truth is labeled by these people with all kinds of epithets wanting to do something that the other is not.Have selective truths without any kind of discernment in, it is pathetic. What is wrong out there, there can not be good inside. Unfortunately the world is full of such people with this action. I appreciate that there are many others who do not.
 

Kamia T (89)
Friday December 18, 2015, 3:49 pm
My kids were all raised with religious beliefs, and NONE of them are as described in this article! It depends on the parenting, just as much as anything else.
 

Pamela Tracy (5)
Friday December 18, 2015, 5:07 pm
iT DEPENDS ON THE PARENTS, ALSO HOW A CHILD LETS RELIGION AFFECT THEM. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS FAITHFUL AND READ THE BIBLE AND WENT TO CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY BUT SHE WAS NOT SOME PURITANICAL PRIG. I I DID MEET FOUR OR FIVE WOMEN IN MY LIFE WHO TURNED OUT TO BE THE MEANEST AND EVILEST WOMEN WHO WENT TO CHURCH AND PROFESSED TO BE DECENT HONEST WOMEN WHEN THEY WERE EVIL AND WOULD HELP KILL ANYONE AS LONG AS THEY WERE NOT IMPLICATED.
 

David C (75)
Friday December 18, 2015, 6:05 pm
thanks, very interesting, but I wish they had linked to the original article
 

Linda M (1715)
Friday December 18, 2015, 6:27 pm
Thanks.
 

Winn Adams (179)
Saturday December 19, 2015, 7:16 am
Pam W said it for me. "Religions" separate and divide us and do nothing to bring us together. Treat others like you want to be treated. Your actions speak louder than your words. I care not at all if or what "religion" you subscribe to.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 19, 2015, 11:03 pm
I agree with BMutiny; the study was not well-designed. Most children do not like to share, and the rules of the sticker-sharing experiment seemed cumbersome and arcane to me. Maybe some of the kids just couldn't understand it. As for watching videos of bullies and wanting to punish the bullies, hey, nothing wrong with that, especially now that we know how quickly bullies can escalate into committing physical or sexual abuse or driving someone to suicide.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 17, 2016, 1:37 pm
THANKS
 

Melania P (123)
Friday March 18, 2016, 2:20 pm
Kind of weird, but I think religion blocks your mind, your expectations, your vision, your life....
 
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