[FoRK] Re: Anything to be learned from religion?

Elias Sinderson elias
Fri Aug 12 12:35:06 PDT 2005

Regina Schuman wrote:

>I thought religion sprang from self-awareness and our yearning to
>understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos.
I think we're in violent agreement on this point. I said that religion 
/"arose out of a basic desire to understand and put meaning to the 
world, or more [generally], the cosmos."/ From where I stand, we are 
part and parcel of the cosmos - understanding one entails understanding 
the other. Sorry for not being more clear about that.  :-)

>I think the "why" question sueprcedes the "how" question and is best investigated by
>psychology and neuroscience.
Perhaps, but this may be more of a personal bias in the relative 
importance of the two questions. I think it's an open question as to 
whether we'll ever have a fundamental knowledge of 'why', but the 'how' 
certainly seems tractable.

>Ya know how there's a genetic link between tameness and color in dogs?
Not until now. . .

>Might there is a genetic component to our - humankind's - godsearch?
Interesting question. Perhaps a more interesting question is what other 
genetic traits it may be linked to. . .


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