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Sep. 30th, 2007

12:11 am - Indra’s mount

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You know, I think religion is a memetic meta-parasite. One that, with luck, will eventually fade into extinction.

But damn, if religion doesn’t inspire some cool architecture:

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From:cspowers
Date:September 30th, 2007 02:17 pm (UTC)

maybe

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the fact that you think it's cool is an indication that it has touched something in your soul, which is of course what religion is all about.

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From:crasch
Date:September 30th, 2007 07:40 pm (UTC)

Re: maybe

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I think the Hand's of Victory are equally cool. Same for many state buildings. I don't think that the feeling of awe has anything to do with the overall worth of the ideology/religion that lead to the creation of the work.
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From:pasquin
Date:September 30th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
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David Sloan Wilson, the evolutionary biologist, describes religions as adaptive at the group level. Meaning, unlike the Dawkinesque notion of it being an atavistic remnant, it is a way for members to compete.

Just as the Free State Project was a way of combining people of similar values together for common cause.
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From:crasch
Date:September 30th, 2007 08:05 pm (UTC)
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That may be true. I've thought a fair bit about how to create a secular ideology/group identity that could successfully compete with religion, without creating it's own horrors.
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From:pasquin
Date:September 30th, 2007 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I did a Salon on this very thing and how I feel O'ism does not acheive this aim.

I'd be very interested to hear your thoughts on the matter.
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From:herbaliser
Date:October 1st, 2007 12:18 am (UTC)
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Daniel Dennett's Breaking the Spell combines the two theories, with a hint of Freud's view*, into something a bit more complex.


*religion exists b/c of a fear of death
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From:pasquin
Date:October 1st, 2007 12:24 am (UTC)
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I've been meaning to read Dennett, he's so widely quoted. Thanks for the tip.
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