"If you are an atheist and disbelieve in the supernatural, then it is incoherent to believe that 'sending good thoughts' means anything."
If someone knows you are sending your positive thoughts, it is the same as letting someone know that you are praying for them, only if they are religious. It gives the person a positive state of mind.
I'm an atheist and I disagree because what that figuratively means is that you're thinking about them and you hope whatever it is will be okay. It's not saying, " Omggggf I'm praying to Zeus that you'll be filled with magic joy 5ever."
I am, I do, and it isn't. The phrase does not mean anything concrete or actually occurring, but it is a well understood figure of speech meaning that "I'm thinking if you, am offering my support, and am hoping the best for you." It means I care.
I think this is just a way for some insecure atheists to try to communicate, or speak the language of theists. It mostly says the same thing as "I'll pray for you" without the actual prayer. It's just an attempt at common ground.
As an atheist, I always just say some variation of "thinking of you" or "washing you well", never do I tell them that I am "sending thoughts". That always just sounded stupid to me.
I usually say that I'm sending good thoughts in a joking way. Like, I don't believe it does anything, but I am truly hoping for a good outcome.
Disagree, if the "sending good thoughts" is *voiced* in some way. The other person knows you're wishing them well, & that can indeed have a positive effect.
Here's an interesting article on a study done about this!
There is no reason anyone's reflection of compassion should be ignored.
In the literal sense, yes, you cannot send thoughts. It's a kind of silly way of letting someone know you're thinking of them.
If you say "I'm sending good thoughts," by definition, you're doing more than sending thoughts because you said something, and that matters. If you literally just wish that something good would happen in your head, that's silly.
Saying that you are sending good thoughts just means you care. To know that others care is a good thing.
Studies have shown that positive thinking can help cure some illnesses. Take the placebo effect, for example.
I'm not atheist I'm Christian what I learned is that God can read your thoughts
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Even without punctuation?
I always thought that saying was dumb. Same with, "I'll be thinking about you." So what? That's no help at all. Lol.
It's called empathy. Try it sometime n
It means I care about you, and being cared about makes us feel good...so yes, it means something :)
Atheists are constantly trying to be religious without being religious, and "sending good thoughts" is an example of this.
Uh, then, what kind of comfort is that? Seriously, I don't get it. I feel badly for you but it looks like you're going down anyway?
Lol no, letting someone know I'm wishing them well by "sending good thoughts" does not equal me trying to be religious.
Agree: It's not directly effectual. But it couldn't hurt.
WoW that's deep.
Disagree. I can give you good thoughts and wishes without the unnecessary appeals to a god.
Do you mean through texting?
Unless telepathy isn't supernatural but a natural phenomenon yet not understood ;)
Wow. If only that were true.
Until we have any even small bit of evidence that it's natural it's dangerous to talk about it as if it were.
There ARE things we don't fully understand in the metaphysical world that have nothing to do with religion. I posted this above but will copy again here. www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=104351710
You'll have to explain more what you mean dawl because that link seems to be all about religion to me.
Kermie I'm talking more about positive thinking than prayer, and the "love study" they mentioned.
Okay maybe I didn't make it that far because I was disgusted by the religious patient with HIV who's refusing medication because Jesus.
Lol! I didn't even read that part!
I'm a telepath.
Me too. Did you get that?
No. I'm careful to avoid abusing my ability. I try to value other people's privacy.
Or California is out of range.
Can you hear me now?
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