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Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Nature: Social Evolution: The Ritual Animal

Nature: Social Evolution: The Ritual Animal

Dan Jones, in an article published by the online science journal Nature, explores the evolution of ritual and asks if ritual could explain the evolution of human civilizations. While the article does not cover the evolution of belief itself it does show how closely the imaging and patterning associated with the human mind could be responsible for the rise of religions and the need of most human to feel they are part of a group of like-minded individuals. But, warns Jones, rituals can be used not only to establish social cohesion but to induce terror as well.


14 year-old girl asks: Has science explained religion?

14 year-old girl asks: Has science explained religion?

Catherine Hochman was just 14 when she asked the question in teen magazine KidSpirit. Maybe she would not come to the same conclusions now but I find it heartening to know that a teenager would even consider asking the question in what is essentially a religious blog.

I happen to think that science is getting ever closer but, as Catherine points out, it is not there yet. If and when it does happen, there will be tremendous upheaval as so many humans are nowhere near psychologically able to cope with the implications.

Anyway, I hope you read the post and see what you think.

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