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Old June 27th, 2018, 11:10 AM
Michael_Stones Michael_Stones is offline
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Originally Posted by Asher Kelman View Post
From Wikipedia:

"Religion is the opium of the people" is one of the most frequently paraphrased statements of German philosopher and economist Karl Marx. It was translated from the German original, "Die Religion ... ist das Opium des Volkes" and is often rendered as "religion... is the opiate of the masses."

The quotation originates from the introduction of Marx's work A Contribution to the Critique of Hegel's Philosophy of Right, which he started in 1843 but which was not published until after his death. The introduction to this work was published separately in 1844, in Marx's own journal Deutsch–Französische Jahrbücher, a collaboration with Arnold Ruge.

But frankly, Robert, sports today is a far better fit and TV, with “famous people” qualified as being famous because they are famous!

Sorry Asher, but your last sentence that likens sport to an opiate makes no empirical sense whatsoever. Within brain centres involved in behavioral action and reward or nonreward, opiates create a continuous flood of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which results in an emotive experience of bliss, which in metaphorical terms is experienced as like being in heaven. In sport such as the FIFA World Cup, the neurotransmitter activity of players and their fanatical supporters show phasic fluctuations depending on momentary outcomes within a game. That is why you observe behavioral/emotive expressions ranging from bliss to despair. In metaphorical terms, these behavioral experiences fluctuate periodically from ascention to heaven or descention to hell. And by the way, Marx notion of religion as an opiate doesn't make much sense either if you observe the behavior of people engaged in such routines. Cheers, Mike
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