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Religion is evolution.....? Interesting theory.

 
 
littlek
 
Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:01 pm
On Point's Tom Ashbrook takes a look at religion with philosopher Daniel Denett. Denett's theory has religion (all types) blend seemlessly with evolution in an unexpected way. He believes that religion is a process of evolution. He wants to study the whole process of religion using scientific standards. A fascinating interview. You can listen by clicking the link below. Another guest, Stephen Pope (Professor of Theology, Boston College) adds his 2 cents as well.

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rosborne979
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:23 pm
Re: Religion is evolution.....? Interesting theory.
littlek wrote:
On Point's Tom Ashbrook takes a look at religion with philosopher Daniel Denett. Denett's theory has religion (all types) blend seemlessly with evolution in an unexpected way. He believes that religion is a process of evolution. He wants to study the whole process of religion using scientific standards. A fascinating interview. You can listen by clicking the link below. Another guest, Stephen Pope (Professor of Theology, Boston College) adds his 2 cents as well.

On Point


The general concept of evolution is unavoidable at every level. Human thought and associated concepts are caught up in it just like everything else.

Thanks for the link.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:27 pm
Sure, did you listen? Or, rather, will you listen?
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kickycan
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:29 pm
I haven't the patience right now, but I'll check this out later. Thanks, littlek.
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:32 pm
I'm trying to listen to the whole thing now - I only caught parts.

"Babbling atheism" heehee....
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panzade
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:33 pm
brains and beauty...damn littlek, you're something else!
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:33 pm
I didn't come up with the theory - just posting the link! But, um, thanks!
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:36 pm
Daniel Dennett's bio page: HERE
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timberlandko
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:48 pm
Nice link, 'k - thanks.

In a way, I think it sorta goes along with the point I was trying to make HERE
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:50 pm
The book on the subject: "Breaking The Spell"


The professed atheist is trying to level the playing field by taking away the special treatment of religion - the mysticism - so that we can converse on religion with better understanding. He is looking at religion via biology and other scientific fields to see what it really is. Communities can then understand what this "it's real to me" perspective is which religious people speak of.

Hmmm... reminds me of a Larry Niven short story.....
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:53 pm
I'll read you later, Timber, thanks!
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 08:57 pm
An interview by Spiegel International with Daniel Dennett: Interview
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littlek
 
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Reply Wed 1 Feb, 2006 09:04 pm
Sorry about the fragmented additions as I listen to the program.......

People are pre-disposed to develop a sense of awe and wonder in the face of nature - religion becomes a product of evolution. Some people are more disposed to developing strong beliefs and some are less disposed. Sounds like he's wrapping up the legitimacy of religion.... not really. He equates the fact that most cultures have religion with the fact that all cultures have the common cold virus in their midst.
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 09:41 am
Now that some school boards are advocating that science be examined through the prism of religion...I think religion should be examined through the microscope of science.
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Thomas
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 10:18 am
That's an interesting link -- thanks for sharing it LittleK! Dennett's ideas sound similar to those of Richard Dawkins. They seem particularly close to Richard Dawkins' thesis in his essay Viruses of the Mind, which states that religions relate to the human brains as computer viruses relate to computers. It's an interesting perspective, and I'm curious to read about the insights Dennett gained from it in his new book.
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echi
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 03:36 pm
Dang. I didn't even know that there was this taboo forbidding scientific investigation of religion. What year is it? I can't wait to see some results. World peace may be just around the corner! (nah)
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neologist
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 06:51 pm
Interesting post, Timber. I'll listen when I have time.

This has the makings of a good topic.
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Doktor S
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 08:13 pm
that website wrote:



Dennet's conclusion is that religion is not miraculous or supernatural, but a product of nature itself -- of Darwinian evolution, like the finch's beak or the opposable thumb. If that sounds like sacrilege, maybe it is.

This is what I've thought for years.
Ever since I read this book
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littlek
 
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Reply Thu 2 Feb, 2006 08:15 pm
Ack - I can't read more than one or two lines of white text on black background. My eyes are still twitching.
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