1. SubscriberGhost of a Duke
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    06 May '16 18:26
    Okay, a Buddhist, a Christian and an Atheist are each stranded by themselves on a remote desert island. (Hey, it could happen). There is sufficient food, fresh water and shelter to sustain life, but little chance of rescue.

    Who would stay mentally strong the longest, and why?
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    06 May '16 18:27
    But is there internet?
    And are they all the same sex?
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    06 May '16 18:31
    Originally posted by twhitehead
    But is there internet?
    And are they all the same sex?
    No internet, but there are coconuts. (Plenty of coconuts).

    They're all men, aged 27 and Sagittarius.
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    06 May '16 18:34
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    No internet, but there are coconuts. (Plenty of coconuts).

    They're all men, aged 27 and Sagittarius.
    To be honest I don't think knowing their religion is enough to make a reasonable guess as to how they will take it. There is just so much more to people than their religion.
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    06 May '16 22:43
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, a Buddhist, a Christian and an Atheist are each stranded by themselves on a remote desert island. (Hey, it could happen). There is sufficient food, fresh water and shelter to sustain life, but little chance of rescue.

    Who would stay mentally strong the longest, and why?
    I think I heard this joke once but can't remember the punch line. 😞
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    06 May '16 22:44
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, a Buddhist, a Christian and an Atheist are each stranded by themselves on a remote desert island. (Hey, it could happen). There is sufficient food, fresh water and shelter to sustain life, but little chance of rescue.

    Who would stay mentally strong the longest, and why?
    Assuming they were all fervent in their beliefs, had similar personalities, etc., I'd say the Christian. The Christian would have some sort of hope of something greater than himself rescuing him, and/or the belief that God is testing him and will reward him for his faith. That could keep him going longer than the other two whose beliefs are don't include miracles.

    That said, the Christian would probably fair the worst in a world full of ever-progressing scientific knowledge and social acceptance.
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    06 May '16 22:486 edits
    Originally posted by whodey
    I think I heard this joke once but can't remember the punch line. 😞
    A Buddhist, a Christian and an atheist are each stranded by themselves on a remote desert island. The Buddhist learns to find peace with his new life, the atheist studies the land to build a raft and go home, and the Christian drowns trying to walk back to civilization.
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    http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/main-factors-driving-population-growth/pf_15-04-02_ch1graphics_lifeexpectancyreligion310px/

    Buddhists > Unaffiliated > Christian
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    06 May '16 23:34
    Originally posted by Ghost of a Duke
    Okay, a Buddhist, a Christian and an Atheist are each stranded by themselves on a remote desert island. (Hey, it could happen). There is sufficient food, fresh water and shelter to sustain life, but little chance of rescue.

    Who would stay mentally strong the longest, and why?
    Probably the atheist.
    He has more "invested" in being rescued in that he knows that this life is the only life.

    Also - statistically - he is more intelligent and better educated than the other two.
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    06 May '16 23:421 edit
    Originally posted by wolfgang59 to Ghost of a Duke
    Probably the atheist.
    He has more "invested" in being rescued in that he knows that this life is the only life.
    Also - statistically - he is more intelligent and better educated than the other two.
    What if the Buddhist and the Christian agree to vote the atheist off the desert island?
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    07 May '16 00:041 edit
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poon_Lim

    Poon Lim, BEM (1918-1991) was a Chinese seaman who survived 133 days alone on a life raft
    in the Atlantic Ocean after his British ship was sunk by a German U-boat on 23 November 1942.
    This remains a world record for the longest known period of survival alone on a life raft at sea.
    Poon Lim's story of survival lent hope to other Allied seamen during a time when many of
    them were being killed in the Battle of the Atlantic. Some British residents in South America
    (where he was rescued) collected money to give Poon Lim a silver watch in recognition of his feat.
    King George VI later awarded the British Empire Medal to Poon Lim.

    After being rescued, Poon Lim was debriefed by the Royal Navy, which was eager to learn
    how he had been able to survive. Some 'experts' had assumed that no one could withstand
    the psychological strain of being isolated in a hostile environment for so long. In short,
    these 'experts' had expected everyone in Poon Lim's situation to lose one's sanity.
    And if anyone could survive, it was presumed to be--given the prevailing prejudices--a
    well-educated white British officer of deep religious convictions and close family ties.
    But Poon Lim was a Chinese seaman with modest formal education who had been away
    for years from his family and apparently was not religious. He did not recall praying often,
    if at all, during his ordeal. The fact of his survival shattered some stereotypical assumptions.

    How did Poon Lim survive? First of all, after testing him, psychologists observed that he
    was naturally extraordinarily calm. He did not panic when most people probably would.
    He was resourceful and could adapt to surprising challenges. He said that he attempted
    to conserve his energy by never becoming too optimistic or pessimistic about his survival.
    As a child, he already had survived a famine in China. Like most Chinese peasants, he
    was mentally tough and more accustomed than most Westerners to enduring hardships.
    He was brave, clever, self-disciplined, and lucky enough to overcome various problems
    ranging from running out of drinking water to encountering sharks.

    But if Hollywood were to cast someone to star in a film about surviving on a life raft at sea,
    anyone who looked like Poon Lim would be about the last choice that Hollywood would make.
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    07 May '16 00:16
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    Probably the atheist.
    He has more "invested" in being rescued in that he knows that this life is the only life.

    Also - statistically - he is more intelligent and better educated than the other two.
    I wouldn't bet on that, I looked up the statistics on College education in the US a couple of years ago for a thread in this forum. From memory the grouping most likely to have a college (i.e. university) education were the Unitarians.
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    07 May '16 00:312 edits
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poon_Lim

    Poon Lim, BEM (1918-1991) was a Chinese seaman who survived 133 days alone on a life raft
    in the Atlantic Ocean after his British ship was sunk by a German U-boat on 23 November 1942.
    This remains a world record for the longest known period of survival alone on a life raft at sea.
    Poon Lim's story of survival len ...[text shortened]... sea,
    anyone who looked like Poon Lim would be about the last choice that Hollywood would make.
    More recently, a Colombian man survived two months stranded on a raft.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/05/politics/pacific-rescue-after-two-months-at-sea/index.html

    Survivor Type is a creepy short story by Stephen King which is about being stranded on a raft.

    http://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/melissa-mullins/2015/05/31/hollywood-diversity-white-actresses-getting-asian-roles
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    07 May '16 04:19
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    What if the Buddhist and the Christian agree to vote the atheist off the desert island?
    That wouldn't be very Christian would it?
    Or Buddhist presumably??
    😀
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    07 May '16 07:17
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    What if the Buddhist and the Christian agree to vote the atheist off the desert island?
    What if the atheist, void as he is of morality, decides to eat the Buddhist and Christian and use that extra protein to build a raft?
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