It seems to me that the word'interpretation' is always the key word required here. Because I have learnt more and more about how the mind works, about how, for instance, peripheral vision and peripheral hearing have during the whole of every person's life provided trillions of bits of information, the brain uses all of them to compose, arrange, re-arrange again and again, thoughts, ideas and images. Everyone has experiences all the time, it is their interpretation of them, influenced by their minds' inputs, that makes them think they are influenced by any kind of spirit/god/etc.Quote
I think your system of thinking is referred to as concrete operational Susan. Apparently I have had experiences that separate me from your mood of thinking, which to me is not fact, only an alternative theory.
The interpretations of the mind have, all through recorded history and for the whole of human existence prior to that, come up with the idea of god and although that idea is shifting towards real understanding - the world population use means of communication requiring the positioning of satellites etc and no-one believes that any god put them there!, the assertions and beliefs of religions, totally lacking any objectivity, are losing ground, and I for one wish it could happen more quickly. The reason it must, unfortunately, happen gradually, and that there will never be a complete change, is that the weight of history is a huge stumbling block, which only generations of reality will help to move.
You have to remember that, as far as Einstein was concerned, he had to tread carefully with his religious background and the times in which he was working. In later life he was able, I believe to be much more confident in his science and not having to think carefully before speaking.Quote
I think you would have to acknowledge that Albert Einstein was a brilliant scientist, but (other than the fact I bow to his superior intelligence) he seems to be in the same camp as myself.