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The relationship between religions and viruses (natural and computers)

August 27, 2009

It was about 10 years ago I heard about computer viruses and their similarities to human viruses or natural viruses . That comparison was very interesting for me and even this comparison ignited an idea in my mind: if we call natural viruses live or semi live beings then we can call computer viruses alive or semi alive too.
Here Ramadan has begun a few days ago and my parents like many other Muslims fast in this month and they practice rituals more than other months. Once I was looking at my mother praying and practicing rituals I saw her as a sick or metal sick who has been infected by a virus which its name is Islam. Then I thought more about it and found out yes all religion have many similarities with viruses  both natural and computer viruses.
Now here I want to count these similarities in their mechanism and essence .

1 The first and the most important similarity between all viruses that distinguishes them from inanimate  things is reproduction .Natural viruses reproduce via injecting themselves(their DNA or RNA [their genetic code]) in alive cells then with the help of those cells reproduce , Computer viruses reproduce themselves via injecting their code in other computer programs and when infected programs run and execute they reproduce viruses by running virus code! Religions reproduce themselves by infecting people’s minds. When a religion infects a person mind that person becomes a  potential vehicle for that religion mostly by infecting kids from parents .

2 Similarity in essence :  All kinds of viruses in fact are some codes in a proper language. Natural viruses are  pieces of genetic code which amino acids make their language. the language of alive things . Computer viruses are pieces of  computer code (an ordered set of a CPU instruction set)their language is computer language 0 and 1 or binary language . Religions are collections of beliefs and laws and rules which are expressed in in human language. I think there is no need to say that all these viruses use the language owner to reproduce and become active .

3 All viruses use their host resources in other word all kinds of them are parasite .Natural viruses use alive cells resources .Computer viruses use CPU time and memory which is allocated to programs (this is why your computer become slow) religions use mind resources and energy to be active and reproductive

4 All kind of viruses use their host connections to spread themselves because they host the language of the host communication .natural viruses use their host communications like sexual relationship, touching ,breathing in the same air ,blood transfer and .. . Computers viruses use computer networks like internet ,cool disks,old floppy disks and … . religions use humans mind communicating tools like speech ,raising children , books , internet , …

5 in all sorts having the code of virus doesn’t meaning being sick or infected . For example a natural virus can be passive in the body of an alive thing without any activity or some antibody prevent it from activity .a computer virus can be in computer disk without any activity because the user never execute the infected program or it has been quarantined by an anti virus program . For religion I myself is very good example I have the codes of Islam in my mind [I had been infected from my parents in childhood]
but this code is not active now because I disabled it many years ago ! Even by using and analyzing its code I can to detect many other mind viruses.

6 All kind of viruses have versioning and branching because all of them evolve! .Unfortunately my biology information is not good enough to talk about the evolution of  natural viruses but I know it exists. But in computer field I know that many programmers use the older viruses code to make new ones. Or many viruses have many versions . Mind viruses or religions have this aspect too. Christianity is updated and evolved version of Judaism and itself has many versions and branches .but Islam has  a new code however in the process of making it large pieces of code from Christianity and Judaism have been used. Islam itself has some versions and branches too.

7 There is a common way to fight with all these kind of viruses : Awareness if the alive body immune system can detect and be aware of a virus in most case can defeat it by making antibodies or … in computers to get rid of a virus the first step is detecting it by an antivirus software. What about mind viruses? The infected person’s mind must detect the religion codes as a virus that enslave that mind   and it s a little difficult job because most mind  viruses have some mechanisms to prevent being detected  as a virus.

However these were most important similarities perhaps you can find many other too especially when you study some instances of each sorts independently for example in each kind of them you can find some instance which are more dangerous or less or … . however this article was about the similarities between all kinds of viruses I d like to mention the most important functional difference that I have seen between mind viruses and other kinds :the victim of this a mind virus can be infected just by one virus at a same time but other kinds victims are not so.

Now I’d like to make some conclusions here
Religious people are some sort of sick people. Some of  them must really be cured.
Some people says religions are natural thing for human. I must say yes they are right religions are natural viruses but not their targets is not our cells its our mind.
Because of the fact that awareness is an effective way to get rid of this viruses perhaps you can use this text to make the infected mind aware! 😉 but I never suggest to call Islam a virus in front of a Muslim I don’t take its responsibility at all 😉

* after posting the above text i searched about the idea in google and i found out i am too late! Richard Dawkins has written an essay before me!: Viruses of mind so i added this line.

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Who was neda? (Voice of Iran)

June 24, 2009

In my last blog post I put two videos of a girl’s death scene whom was shot to dead by government religious militia (Basij). That post became very controversial. And few people objected me why I put these videos here. However I think there is no need to answer them here again because other friends replied them perfectly but I think it better to write a little more about that.

That girl’s name was Neda (Neda agha sultan) her name in Persian means voice or sound and I think she really became a big voice for us a voice that a world heard her. a beautiful symbol for our protest and people whom have been killed in this way. In my previous post I just tried amplify this voice as much as I can maybe more people can hear it .she was almost 27 (as old as me) and studied philosophy ( I love philosophy too and even once I could get master degree in philosophy of science and …).

So when I read these new info I felt more sympathy became more sad. I don’t know exactly about her beliefs but it s not far from mind that she was atheist, agnostic or just not Muslim . One time I had an online friend her father was a mullah but she had studied philosophy and she had left Islam. Nowadays I see some people in Iran who just believe in a god but their god Is not allah or jesus or … however I mentioned these things but even if I was sure that she was Muslim this event wouldn’t be different for me because it is obvious that she was a defenseless innocent human who was killed only for her quest for freedom. If there s holiness freedom is the only holy thing for me.

BBC Persian has interviewed with her fiancé Kaspin Makan. Here I have translated some part of it to English:

Mr Makan : “Neda’s goal wasn’t Mosavi or Ahmadinjad her goal was her country and it was important for her to walk in this way. She had mentioned many times even if she loose her life and get shot in her heart – incidentally the bullet hurt her heart – she would continue this way. Young Neda taught a big lesson to many people.”

Mr Makan said about that day : “when it happened Neda was far from the center of involvements she had been sitting in car with her Music master in traffic when she left the car because of hot air and tiredness. upon images that people have sent basiji militia (with ordinary clothe) shot to her heart ”

Mr Makan added “finally with many problems we could get her body yesterday ”… “we buried her in a part of Besht Zahra. They had brought some other victims of these events to bury there. It seemed that they had allocated that part for these people” !!!

Mr Makan commented about preventing of the ceremony “we had a plan to have a ceremony for her at Monday 2:30 in a mosque but Basijs and mosque didn’t allow us because they knew that people have gotten very sad and they predicted a large number of people would present. Now we have no permission to hold up a public ceremony ”

then Mr Makan has commented about some faked images on internet which want to make a relationship between her and Mosavi’s fans and he said about it“she was very close to me she was not a fan of each of these two groups she wanted freedom. Freedom for all”

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A Job interview

May 23, 2009

About 2 months ago I participate in an examination for a governmental job there were many participant for position that I had booked fortunately I was successful in competition with 30 – 40 people. that examination included two parts : an specific questions which were computer related (my field)and general questions. This part were mostly religious and politic questions!!
My score in both parts were great. About one month ago they announced the result and I became glad until a few days ago that they invited me for an interview. It was a little weird for me because that position just needs one person and they had just announced my name.
when I went there for interview a long beard man asked me some religious questions like how do I pray and the Islamic laws praying laws and … (it s a common process in Iran to get a governmental job). I answer all his question very good except two very simple question about some Arabic sentences that Muslims say during praying. I knew these sentences very well because I was good Muslim and I used to pray 5 times a day but when he asked me I mixed them up however I corrected them at last but he found out that I don’t pray regularly!!!
When I left his room I was angry that why I had to answer those questions why I had to pretend to be a Muslim and … and also to reduce my chance to get that job. But for a moment I became a little happy for forgetting those bullshits.
I remembered when I left Islam I was thinking that weather I could live a day without mental existence called god. Because god attended in my mind for many years and got used to feel him observing me in all times . but this event proved me that from that god just a pale memory has remained and now I feel happy and pride for it.

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Happy NoRooz(first day of new year in persian calendar)

March 20, 2009

A few minutes ago new years started in Iran and other countries which use Jalali (Persian) Calender .So happy new year to anyone who celebrate this.
The new years in Persian calendar starts at spring equinox .so today is “norouz” = “New Rooz ” = “new day” it’s exactly the time that spring starts . It s one of few things that I love about Iran . Because this celebration and this most accurate calendar in the world are not Islamic and religious and they are pre-Islamic traditions . However this celebration doesn’t excite me as before especially this year that I’m sorry for that young blogger who died in prison and also for his family who are mourning now for their child in the new year.(i have written about it in my previous post).

i know that almost everyone here don’t celebrate nowrouz so i just say: “Happy new Spring to you”

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a Great Atheist social network

March 11, 2009

I just wanted to introduce an great atheist social network here:

http://www.atheistnexus.org/

i have some posts there too , my page in there is : 

http://atheistnexus.ning.com/profile/ObscureAtheist

perhaps in future i post in both places .

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An introduction(II)

September 27, 2006

In this post I’ll continue my previous topic however I think it has a just one reader!
In previous post I mentioned that my previous doubt became very strong and there were no answer or sign from a god. Eventually I decided to erase all my previous beliefs and reconstruct my mind structure from beginning. I also decide to never accept anything without a proof.
Having no beliefs was very hard for me and it wasn’t also easy for to have a new unprejudiced view to world. But I think I did my decision well and I became an agnostic. World had changed for me in this view. After going to university I started studying philosophy anthropology psychoanalysis and something else (my field in university was computer engineering (software)) these studies made it clear for me that I had decided completely right. After a while it was clear for me 99% there is no god and if there is a god it must be a so cruel and unconscious who never care about humans.
Now I call myself an atheist (not an agnostic) because I believe that we can logically never define a god without or outside of this world and if we want to define a god within this world for example define a god naming this world and its laws that govern it we would just play with words and we wouldn’t produce a new concept.

This abstract about my life and changing my beliefs finished here.
I’ll write about other topics in future.

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An introduction(I)

September 22, 2006

Hello welcome to an obscure atheist’s weblog. I will write here to communicate to out of my prison world (I think I‘ll write about this prison in future more). Another reason for writing here is practicing English, because my mother tongue is Persian (Farsi) so take here easy but take it! Yes as you might guess that prison I talked about it is Iran. I think if you know this country a little it would not be so hard to understand the reason for I called it a prison.
Now I want introduce myself some more: I was born in a small city in Iran in 1982. My family was religious as many others. As you know most of people in iran are muslims , shia muslims like my family. I can remember many things from my childhood but none of them is valuable for discuss here except one: when I was 3 or 4 I asked my mother about this world , I asked her how this world was made ? She answered me god has created whole the world then I asked her who was god? I can’t remember her answer exactly I can just remember she told me about the power of god and his place in the heaven .after that I asked her who had made the god? She answered me nobody and god had no creator when this answer didn’t satisfy me she added don’t ask these questions again these are sins and god might punish me for these. After this discussion however I had some doubts I accepted all of her answers because she was my absolute sage. I think this was the first time that I faced religion concepts.
After that time gradually I became more familiar to religious concepts and all things that I was hearing about religion (Islam) was in favor of it and I never heard anything opposite the religious beliefs so my doubts got very weaker but they never died. And after all I became very religious, even more than my family. I prayed and fasted for Allah (god) in those years even I read whole of quran many times and some of its commentaries. In those years approximately I could read quran in Arabic and understand it without any translation. This situation continued until I was 18. Interesting point was that my parents never forced me to do any religious action and my treatments weren’t obligatory.
I had just one problem with Islam : sexual matters and relationship with opposite sex. I loved to have a girl friend and a love but even if I acted against Islamic laws that I believed in them I couldn’t act as I liked. And obviously it was the result of Islamic laws and culture in my society. In Islamic laws watching women face is banned for men but I couldn’t prevent myself and whenever I was watching a girl I felt that I was sinful for that. After sexual maturity sometimes I masturbated and it was very big sin for me and I couldn’t prevent myself. So asked god to help me and to protect me from these sinful acts but never he even answered me.
When I was 18 I experienced my first love, a childish love. I accidentally found a female friend (I think girl friend is not good word for what I mean) .we established a hidden relationship. We just talked via phone and we hadn’t any kind of sexual relationship even a kiss. But this simple relationship was very affective for me and I really enjoyed this sin. But this hidden relationship didn’t survived more than 4 month. She was 20 and a student in our city and after her education she left our city.
At this time my survived childhood doubts about god got stronger and this subject vexed me more. I continued to request god for help or send me sign for guidance and being free from my doubts. Some personal problems were added to the previous matters that I mentioned but still there were no help or sign from god and my doubts got stronger day after day.