Monotheism and informational deficit
Jews are known for their high intellectuality. The disproportionally great percent of Nobel prizes won by Jews – between 25 – 33 % of all prizes – together with other intellectual occupations confirm it.In “Moses and Monotheism” Freud assumed that the abstract monotheism of Judaism required a type of “mental labour” that increased the intellectual ability of Jews. He ascribed intellectuality of Jews to the “abstract model of experience” provided by the imperceptibility of the abstract Jewish God.
Freud thought that the invisible God stimulated imagination, abstract reasoning and intellect. Therefore abstract monotheistic Judaism has increased Jews’ brain capacity. It is logical that abstract concepts develop abstract thinking because they can be perceived only mentally. But the important question is where did the abstractedness of the Judaic God come from in the first place?
Now there is plenty of archaeological evidence showing that monotheism crystallized slowly during the first millennium of Judaism. Statuettes and idols of different pagan deities found in the earliest Jewish settlements disclose this. It took many generations for the polytheism to transform into monotheism. The gradual establishment of monotheism and the gradual development of thinking toward abstract monotheism requires a constant driving factor. Can intellectual preference for simplicity be such a driving factor and thus lead to monotheism? Can persistent thoughts and careful deliberation change the way of thinking and the course of history? This is quite unlikely because reasoning is secondary to experience and lacks the steadiness and the power to change perception. Yet people are lazy and avoid unnecessary theorizing. Generally, they prefer concreteness because pleasures are corporeal.
Spontaneous transformation of polytheism into monotheism seems impossible unless certain steady objective factors support the process all along. Such factors may be a reduced effort for living that renders thinking useless or an informational deficit that deprives reasoning from details. However, ancient people were not spoiled by a high living standard so abstract monotheism is not a result of overindulgence. It must be a result of a certain informational deficit.
High abstraction is unnatural, unpractical and inadequate. The mind resorts to guesswork only when it is compelled to exist in an informational vacuum. And sensorial deprival that produces chronic displeasure is the strongest motivator of compulsive conjecture. The removal of pleasure sensitivity is the perfect candidate for an agent of the informational vacuum. Pleasure deficit caused by pedocircumcision must be an especially effective inspirer of abstract spirits. Desensitisation is a faultless maker.
Dissatisfaction with the current state of things intensifies mental quests whatever they may be. Perhaps pedocircumcision produced abstract monotheism and intellectuality altogether.
The Future of an Illusion, 1927
According to Freud God epitomizes the Great Father and religion channels the fear of castration. He deemed that the abstract monotheistic Judaism with its penalizing father proves the omnipresence of the Oedipus conflict. Freud thought that religiousness is a product of the Oedipus conflict and the fear of castration. He related piousness to sexual repression. Thus Judaism must have utilized the fear of a severe exacting father inherited from the cruel past. In fact, however, that psychoanalysis exploits the abstract religious mind-set and anti-sex attitude of Judaism in order to to prove its own thesis of the primal role of father-fearing in the psychosexual development.
Freud associated Jewish intelligence with circumcision but only indirectly. The concept of the Circumcision complex, the common sense and religious sources, however, suggest they are intimately connected. Generally, the concept finds that Freud rightly associates Jews’ intellectual advance with Judaism’s abstract monotheism. We agree that Jewish religiousness and intellectuality are inseparable. However, we consider that by attributing Jews’ intellectuality to their religion Freud fabricated causality. He groundlessly assumed that religion stimulated the intellect of Jews while it may be the reverse or both of them may have the same cause.
We agree that religiousness, guesswork including psychoanalytic deduction relate to sexual suppression. By praising abstract reasoning, however, Freud backs both anti-sex moral of religious type and psychoanalysis. He overestimates the deductive, formal, dogmatic and asexual religious abstract component of reasoning at the expense of the concrete inductive thinking based on sense perceptions.
Freud considered that religion is “the universal obsessional neurosis of humanity” arising “… out of the Oedipus complex”. But if the Oedipus complex is an expressionof the Circumcision complex it follows that religion is a circumcision-facilitated neurosis.