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Consider the idea of God. We do not know how it arose in the meme pool. Probably it originated many times by independent `mutation'. In any case, it is very old indeed. How does it replicate itself ? By the spoken and written word, aided by great music and great art. Why does it have such high survival value? Remember that `survival value' here does not mean value for a gene in a gene pool, but value for a meme in a meme pool. The question really means: What is it about the idea of a god that gives it its stability and penetrance in the cultural environment? The survival value of the god meme in the meme pool results from its great psychological appeal. It provides a superficially plausible answer to deep and troubling questions about existence. It suggests that injustices in this world may be rectified in the next. The `everlasting arms' hold out a cushion against our own inadequacies which, like a doctor's placebo, is none the less effective for being imaginary. These are some of the reasons why the idea of God is copied so readily by successive generations of individual brains. God exists, if only in the form of a meme with high survival value, or infective power, in the environment provided by human culture.
Published: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:47:49 GMT
One of the fascinating topics dealing with the various aspects of the human condition is dogma. The need that so many people seem to have not only now but also in the past to force (in varying degrees) their views of what they think is "right" onto others. Quinn shows through the fictional metaphors used in the book, other examples, and his own lack of giving definite conclusions that diversity and freethought can provide better results than rigid, homogenous populations and views. For instance, on page 170 he states, "It's going to be hard as hell for them to give it up, because what they're doing is right (in their own mind), and they have to go on doing it even if it means destroying the world and mankind with it."
In 1962, the saintly pope John XXIII signed a confidential note that outlined a policy of strictest secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse by priests and threatened those who spoke out with in excommunication. It was dispatched to bishops all over the world. This document that has recently come to light and has been hailed by lawyers acting for the victims of abuse as a blueprint for an official Vatican policy of deception and concealment. A spokesman for the Catholic church has denied this, claiming that the lawyers have distorted the document, which deals only with the church's internal disciplinary procedures, by quoting it out of context.
Published: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:46:34 GMT
I became 'burnt out' on reading about religion early in 1997. As such, this section of the site will probably not be updated much, if at all, in the future. If you'd like to see some book reviews, summaries, etc. then you will want to check out the following pages on the forerunner to this site.
Published: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:45:26 GMT
Un an après l'attentat djihadiste contre Charlie Hebdo, l'hebdomadaire publiera mercredi un numéro qui commémore l'événement avec, en couverture, un dessin montrant un Dieu barbu, portant une Kalachnikov et aux vêtements couverts de sang avec l'inscription : "Un an après, l'assassin court toujours".
La commémoration des attentats de janvier qui avaient fait 17 morts occupera une partie de l'agenda présidentiel.
"En 2006, quand Charlie publia les caricatures de Mahomet, personne ne pensait sérieusement qu’un jour tout ?a finirait dans la violence", écrit le dessinateur Riss, auteur de la couverture, dans l'éditorial. "Il n’était pas pensable qu’au XXIe siècle, en France, une religion tue des journalistes", ajoute celui qui est aussi le directeur de la publication.
L'attaque contre Charlie Hebdo a fait douze morts.
Published: Mon, 04 Jan 2016 14:12:02 GMT