Oh gosh I gotta look stuff up tongue emoticon [I work with kids a lot so you’ll see me speak in simpler/plainer language when I can help it smile emoticon - habit]
I neither affirm nor deny. I hold a high weight to the work done in CogPsych and CogSci yet I recognize their limitations due to imprecision of fMRI at its present state of technological development… and the slight (or not so slight) of institutional bias [publish or perish is a reality in reviewing interpretations of data).
I also hold more to an Embodied Cognition view rather than an Aristotelian Law of Excluded middle or geometric-based proof/axiom or … in modern terms a “court room style” “Do you then admit that you in fact belief [x]? Answer the question yes or no please”.
You can choose to stick me whatever quadrant suits your belief structure as-to-the appropriate categorization of belief systems. I may also choose to debate the finer points of it but I’ve been called many things tongue emoticon
Oh I don’t have a problem with the theist baggage. I have a problem with the culture of atheism as it’s been since the late 90s. Damn sure don’t want even the hintiest hint of being included in that club.
Also, I’ve never been atheist. I’ve prayed, not in years though. I don’t know if it’s going anywhere. In my mind I feel that it was beneficial to me psychologically in any event but I can’t say with certainty that the message was not received.
Even when I was in the monastery (Eastern Orthodox, back in my 20s), I never believed nor disbelieved. I just didn’t know. But I found the system absolutely fascinating, as well as the very specific theological and mystical elements of it.