Archive for Religion
Richard Dawkins: ‘Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist’ – video interview | Science | guardian.co.uk
Dawkins said: “you and I are too intelligent to believe in religion, but common people need it…you don’t need religion to be moral”
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins claims that given today’s knowledge of science, even Jesus would have questioned the existence of God if he were living today.
This article is beyond interesting. Its like an addition to Max Weber’s “Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism”. The best part is where Dr Clayton in an interview explains the value added in Mormon ideals on the “afterlife” in economic terms per MPB (marginal personal benefit). In the economics of religion, I think Mormonism is geared for a huge win in volumes and appeal. In the past 18 months, I’ve seen some of their intellectual R&D in transhumanist culture, and they are far more attractive than their Abrahamic peers. Trust me you want to read this article. I just happened to see it on a new stand.
During the end of 2010 I thought it necessary to gauge the everyday person’s point of view on spirituality. We too often consume ourselves with elaborate philosophical arguments that may or may not actually represent the real times threats and potential of the subject. While it is typically considered as a irrelevant to the broader philosophical arguments on spirituality, I felt it necessary to ask everyone I could: Why? Because these are the people who carry out spiritual missions (relief, revolts, etc.)
Why is spirituality so valuable. I needed to know from everyone else, “what’s the point?”
It turns our that the point is, according to about 2400 people so far, “to connect us all“. I’ll call it “connectivity”.
Approximately 29% of people think that the point is to provide a “design for life”, and another 20% have “other” understandings.
Per my latest book, I’ll present a logical economic model which suggests that it is not. Further, I think it is necessary to understand that all of the acceptance and tolerance within human and technological ability with not create pervasive harmonies for our species and those that we govern.