Hypnic Jerk – Admitting Atheism

How christians react to atheism is similar to the hypnic jerk found in primates.

Reactions to admitting atheism in certain circles displays age old evolutionary traits in our closest ancestors.

Hypnic Jerk is not a nickname for Christian apologists, but a sense of falling shortly after going to sleep. We’ve all had this happen after dozing off, then awake suddenly with a jerk sensation or startle. One theory is primates carry this reflex to keep them from falling out of trees. My theory is this; When the first primates became atheists, this was a reaction from other monkeys because one was not “falling” for the BS any longer. We still see it today. The mere mention of your atheism can cause the hypnic jerk, double take, raised eyebrows, blood pressure, heart rate changes, and fear.

Waking and realizing the fall was a false alarm, we drift back to sleep, which is right where they want us. Asleep to the reality that nothing they believe is reality. Asleep to the reality that nothing they teach adds up to anything credible. Asleep to the evidence that there is no evidence. Religious followers need a hypnic jerk to shake them, to wake them. Please, please, keep your hypnic jerks polished and ready to loan. If you start to fall for their nonsense, remember the evolution that got you here.

Panama Howler Monkey.


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

17 thoughts on “Hypnic Jerk – Admitting Atheism”

  1. Theory of evolution is dismissed by almost every religion. If such complex parts were created all at once, we won’t be able to adapt to changing environment. Adaptability comes with evolution, not in a split second creation.

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  2. I love the social (animal) interaction aspect of this topic – particularly how it relates to group conformity. In a basic sense think of a pack of animals searching for food/water; by doing so in a group a (completely unwarranted) sense of security is created. In essence a form of psychological self deception which banks on the competitive impulse in our species: If I’m wrong, he’s also wrong, so neither of us will win/survive.
    By questioning if you’re going in the right direction you’re pulling the rug from under their peace of mind.

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    1. We trouble their peace of mind… That’s it! And you then, throw a double wrench in their sockets. lol. I remember being lost on a little backcountry fishing trip. My friend at the time knew of some beaver ponds up on rattlesnake ridge near North Bend. A fifteen minute walk turned into an 8 hour ordeal. Never found the ponds, but man we did some serious second guessing. We had each other turned every which way in the fog. Finally found a logging road and walked 8 miles the wrong way. Point is, I know the feeling.

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      1. Consider the atheist question does that in the most fundamental way. One that affects almost every aspect of how one sees the world. (Eternal) Life vs. Permanent Death. And we live in a world where most people don’t think about things in a macro sense. They focus mostly on reacting.

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  3. Ahhh, the coins I could flip on end, lol. But two points will suffice, for now. The first, appropriate to the post. The second, well, unscientific but possibly interesting, none-the-less.

    1. If you pay attention to comments I leave on other people’s posts, you may have heard this before. For those who haven’t… I was having a discussion with my prof about an English paper I had written for a Lit. class many years ago. I cannot remember the novel, but I attacked it from my atheistic point of view, and the prof, being a devout christian, had no idea how to mark it. No one in a class he taught had ever tried to do such a thing. He was open-minded enough not to give me an outright zero, for at the very least I had proved my point of view, if not my entire thesis, but since he could not relate to it, he kept my mark pending this discussion. Eventually the conversation turned from the novel to life as a non-believer. “But aren’t you bothered by the loneliness of being possibly the only spiritual atheist in the world?” he asked, after I had explained my basic beliefs to him. “No,” I said, “I don’t need anyone to believe like me. What I believe is correct for me. I am the only one that counts, to me.” “But there are millions of christians who all believe the same. Do you not think the odds of you being wrong should scare you?” I looked him in the eye, and said, something like “The odds don’t scare me. I believe in myself. Do you?”
    I got my A+. What he got, I’ll never know. He never spoke to me again…

    2. Any good buddhist, or ex-buddhist, could tell you, a hypnic jerk is more than likely your astral body returning suddenly to your physical body, without your conscious mind even knowing it had left.
    Astral travel is more commonly known in the West as an out of body experience (OBE), or to witches as “spirit travel.” For Westerners, most OBEs are unintentional, and often happen during falling asleep, dreams of flying, waking up, or extreme physical stress. For many Easterners, and some few Westerners, astral travel is an intentional OBE. I myself was once capable of astral travel, and did so almost every night “before” going to sleep. But those times are another story. For purposes of this post, an OBE is a very scary experience for most people. Particularly when you are just about asleep, or just about awake, or you are dreaming you are flying and get scared, your astral body jumps back into your unsuspecting physical body, and jerks you awake.
    (Just to show you the opposite of unexpectedly returning to your body, when you are having an intentional OBE, you gently float over your body, and once you are in position you just dissolve into your body. Returning to your body is a beautiful thing, not at all unlike sinking into a hot tub…

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      1. Some of these experiences people have are very realistic and convincing. There are plenty of studies and explanations for almost every aspect Nan. The complexity of the conscious/subconscious relationship is a fine and gray line.


        1. Not sure what you’re saying, Jim … ?? The email I sent was a request to rawgod for me to use some of the comments he made on another one your posts.


  4. Thanks for sharing, Jim. Unfortunately, you may really be onto something here. It appears that the indoctrination of the “true believers” is so absolute that their response to any threat goes beyond mere HABIT to the category of REFLEX… absolutely automatic and possible beyond the reach of any retraining whatsoever. Any thoughts on count-conditioning?

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    1. Well said Frank. They have the counter thought ready to go before you even finish yours. Automatic rebuttal even if your comment is correct. I’ll just keep having fun I guess.

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