Quote# 87420

[Regarding a study which linked being "born again" to having a smaller hippocampus-the area responsible for learning and memory]

Learning what exactly?

Memorizing whose truth?

Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!

BarbT, Rapture Ready 69 Comments [5/29/2012 3:07:46 AM]
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I'm not surprised this person likes to be thought as not possessing learning capabilities. After all, lernin' is fer athiest scum11!!!

5/29/2012 11:55:30 PM


Even religious scientists see it as brain atrophy.

5/30/2012 6:49:02 AM


[Regarding a study which linked being "born again" to having a smaller hippocampus-the area responsible for learning and memory]

"Perhaps God shuts down the parts of our minds that would continue to absorb the overwhelming daily propaganda of this world {evolution, the "green" movement, socialism, anti-semitism, gay marriage etc...}

....while filling the void with His ways. Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!"

It was in my teens - and after I'd read the Bible carefully, and cover-to-cover - that I'd concluded that a 'God' didn't exist (he's certainly done nothing to prove me wrong since, ergo by admission, and omission, he himself proves he doesn't exist). Nope, was born just fine the first time round, thanks Barb(ie).

Therefore my hippocampus must be (metaphorically) the size of a hippopotamus. [/smartarse]


"That's a new one. Belief in God makes you stupid, and she likes it!
Why do we even bother to engage these people in discourse. Just shut them out. They have nothing to contribute."

John 3:30: 'He must increase, but I must decrease'

Any human who believes in the Bible decreases his/her potential as a human. Excusing, nay, justifying ignorance, shunning education & knowledge, and thus the advancement of humanity technologically. In believers, self-imposed (certainly subconscious) inferiority, and thus distrust of 'Elites', or those superior - certainly educationally - to them.

The prosecution rests, m'lud.

5/30/2012 8:03:56 AM


"Dare to know" says Kant, 1784. "I like brain atrophy" says BarbT, 2012. What a long way we've come.

5/30/2012 10:12:12 AM


If center-right politicians are socalist, then your far-right buddies are fascist.

As for real socialism, guess what? South American Christians believe that socialism is 100% compatible with what Jesus taught, and he did encourage giving to the poor and feeding the hungry. You must be worshiping his evil twin Hyper-capitalist Jesus.

5/30/2012 11:05:40 AM


Y'know, I'm used to conservatives rubbishing studies like this (or the one that showed Fox viewers as the most misinformed), not being proud of the fact.

Also, there are no socialists in your government. Even Bernie Saunders is closer to a Social Democrat.And Christian Socialism was a real political force about a century ago so the two are hardly incompatible.

5/30/2012 2:34:13 PM


One commentator tries to refute the study here.

Never mind the fact that most of those people were around when there was no evidence really or evolution and religion held sway in every facet of life, those RR people are not anywhere close to the level of the people he listed!

5/30/2012 10:15:11 PM


Dorie R. Bentjen, Deaconess and Minister
Certificate of Prophetic Ministry, 2003
Degree of Ordination in Lay Ministry, 2012
"Jesus is Love!"

5/31/2012 6:04:05 AM



Dorie R. Bentjen, Deaconess and Minister
Certificate of Prophetic Ministry, 2003
Degree of Ordination in Lay Ministry, 2012
"Jesus is Love!"

5/31/2012 6:04:38 AM

Tolpuddle Martyr

God make brain small-SMALL BRAIN GOODBETTER!

Witches have big brains, burn!

5/31/2012 6:04:46 AM


Okay, I don't know if I accept the smaller hippocampus finding or not, I haven't looked into the study.

However, I'm almost ready to believe it anecdotally after this post.

5/31/2012 8:50:33 PM


The Lord has made me stupid...
And so I thank the Lord...

Come on, sing along! It's better than the lyrics to "Showers of Blessing", anyway!

6/5/2012 11:29:00 PM


What was that? Oh well, was of no import. Certainly of no relevance whatsoever, if that's all they can say; especially when confronted with the evidence that proves fundie-based self-induced inferiority, as per John 3:30, that renders them speechless and answerless.

To a certain someone in this thread who shall remain clueless (clearly due to 'faith'-induced brain atrophy)...:

=^_^= >:3

Moral: The phrase 'Enquiring minds need to know'. It exists for a reason.

It's certainly why those computers used by fundies exist. Otherwise, stop using such - as well as all the conveniences of modern, science-based, science-provided life - and go live in a cave, wearing animal skins & eating raw food. because religion - 'faith' - has fuck all to do with the existence of such.

6/6/2012 11:36:22 AM

So, now we have the first proof that fundies ARE dumber and less open to other ideas.

See people, this here is the difference between religion and science. Science gives results.

6/10/2012 11:30:03 AM


So, praise gawd for making you dumber than you were to begin with?

6/10/2012 1:24:38 PM


"Blessed is the mind too small for doubt", "An open mind is like a fortress with its gates unbarred and unguarded" and all that sort of thing, uh, Barb? You'd feel right at home in the Imperium of Man.

6/21/2012 5:39:09 AM



@David D.G.

"I'm reminded of a rather strange woman who spoke with the author of the book Eats, Shoots & Leaves at one of her book signings. When told that the book was about punctuation, the woman went on and on about how awful it was that there was NO WAY TO LEARN PUNCTUATION -- saying this, repeatedly, to the woman selling her book on punctuation (and by no means the only book with information on the subject, of course).

In other words, Carico and her ilk are proud of their ignorance, and they insist, demand, decree that everyone else be as ignorant as they. What amazing insanity this is."

...and when we Atheists refuse to go along, sheeple-like, as a child, with their insistence, demands & decrees that we must be as ignorant as they, the likes of Carico - and a certain person in this thread who shall remain clueless (and intellectually inferior as a result) - they resort to threats & psychological blackmail: 'Turn or Burn'. So indeed, David D.G., what amazing insanity this is.

Delusion = insanity. Two or more people sharing the same delusion = Religion.

'A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.'

-Friedrich Nietzsche

One of the earliest gaps filled was when the first lightning conductor was put up on a building: a church. When it was realised that lightning wasn't the 'Wrath of God', but an explainable (and even repeatable experiment today, via electrostatic apparatus) and natural atmospheric occurrence. [b]Even if lightning is the 'Wrath of God' as the likes of Carico would claim here, then surely the very fact we can counteract said 'Wrath' with nothing more than an architecturally-placed metal rod with a copper strip leading from such down to the ground, rendering the effects of such a potentially structurally damaging, nay, lethal atmospheric discharge harmless,* therefore means that we mere mortals have beaten God (and that's before I mention the Smallpox Eradication Program, from 1950-80; medical science beating God at his own game).

Knowledge is indeed power (pun may or may not be intended). "Of course secular scientists would see it as "brain atrophy" but I like the trade off!" eh, Barb(ie)? Yet, in your use of something to say so on Ruptured Retards, the very secular scientists who rejected the 'trade off' gave you the very thing you use to say so. Certainly one very secular scientist, Alan Turing:

No less than the Father of Modern Computing. Cryptologist at Bletchley Park in WWII, whose mathematical/electro-mechanical genius via his 'Bombes' and later in the construction of the first digital computer Colossus, and their decryptions of Nazi Enigma transmissions, shortened the war in Europe, and ensured 600,000+ US troops came home. Whose later developments in computers ensured the existence of what we use today, and thus the internet, ergo Ruptured Retards (and of course it's nemesis, FSTDT).

You profess your ignorance, via the invention of an Atheist. And a Homosexual. Now who's the ignorant one...?

Alan Turing is having the last laugh - also at you & your intellectual inferiority - and he's dead. But ignorant or not, realise this: as you lot claim, all things happen as part of your 'God's unknowable plan. Thus God made Turing a homosexual. Just as he made him, he made every other Atheist and/or homosexual (including those LGBT people who have given us the products of modern science since). Who are you to question his will?

Enjoy your paradox. Don't like 'secularists' (especially scientists with their non-atrophied, non-believing, brains) and homosexuals? Better start throwing away those computers then; indeed, leave those modern homes, cars, clothes etc, and go live in caves, wearing animal skins, and eating raw food. Because everything you see around you is as a result of scientists, and accepting their inventions means you're hypocrites of the worst kind.

*- And in the future, with superconductive coils, we may be able to store lightning-based electricity for the good of humanity.


"athiens" "apocolipce" "Santan" "You must chose [sic] one"

As the saying goes 'That which is asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence'. In this case, 'That which is asserted by an intellectual inferior fundie has no right to be listened to, as he/she is too illiterate to have the ability to have a coherent, logical thought, never mind form an 'opinion' based on such.'

But then, if a fundie were properly educated (and no, 'hoemskuling' has no right to be considered an education, therefore the practice should be illegal worldwide), via a curriculum based on hard, solid facts based on evidence (i.e. Reality), they wouldn't be fundies in the first place.

There's a good reason why - in all developed, civilised countries - education is compulsory. You want to be inferior to China, you go right ahead, fundies in the US. I'm not stopping you; as I always say, 'I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords'. They're not letting religion get in the way of their new 'Great Leap Forward'. And why? Because in that country, religion has no right to tell people what to do, which is as things should be: In Soviet China, God worships you.


"He made the rainbow (which is impossible to explain scientifically)"

Yet, a child can not only explain, but replicate the formation of such a visual phenomena via a simple experiment. I did that at school too. As I can today, with nothing more than a squirt bottle (with mist nozzle) and a sunny day. A small-scale duplication of whenever the sun shines after a rain shower, and sunlight (at an angle of 42°) is refracted through tiny droplets of water suspended in the air, causing the splitting of light - the visual band of the electromagnetic spectrum - into it's seven component colours (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo & Violet) describing a circular arc; which, whilst not actually physically existing, can at least be seen (can't exactly say the same for your so-called 'God', eh fundies? So much for his so-called 'Omnipotence' then, if he can't do something as piss easy as actually appear in physical form that can be seen, heard & touched; and no, not 'Jesus', he doesn't count: 'God' himself). See? I (and everyone else) can not only make a rainbow, I can explain such in extremely simple terms (even for the intellectually inferior fundie). Therefore I am God!

Moral: The rest of the world is laughing at you, right-wing Fundamentalist Christian USA. Including the sane, non-fundie, educated USA. Like I say: the (at best) irreligious China, with it's unlimited pool of educated talent filling - especially post-graduates - all those research posts. Gene therapy & gene-based cures for diseases & ailments. The second 'Space Race'. Who will be the first to develop a desktop-sized Quantum Computer? Want to be second-rate, America? Second best? Inferior? Well, that's what religion is doing to you, USA. China...? Nope, no religion there, least of all keeping their people hamstrung educationally. Like I say: I for one welcome our new Chinese overlords.

Wasn't it a certain George Dumbya Bush who, several years ago - just to keep his country's economy afloat - borrowed from China $1.5-2 billion. A day...?! China holds $1 trillion in US currency; cold, hard ca$h. They effectively own you already.

Chinese banking executives/traders. Highly educated, Atheist Chinese. You do the maths, US fundies. [/Irony]

And as I - a British Atheist - just happen to have two high-interest accounts with HSBC, well...! PROTIP: HSBC. That's as in 'Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation'.

Derpy (a)R(se). Bent(over), Duckass and Minibrain
Diploma Mill Certificate of Pathetic Ministry, 2003
Degree of Unco-Ordination in (not getting) La(id) Mini(peni)s try 2012
"Jesus doesn't exist!"


'Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.'

-Bertrand Russell

'Facts are stupid things.'

-Ronnie Raygun

7/6/2012 7:49:02 AM

Lobotomy for Jesus - award?

11/29/2012 6:47:24 AM


I don't quite believe that he fully understands what he's just said.

10/25/2013 6:26:20 PM

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