On 19 Aug 2012, at 11:15, Alberto G. Corona wrote:

The barrier between religion and ordinary life, like the one that suppossedly exist between gods and ordinary life is conventiona. If it is true that men have an instinct for religion, this is not governed by a switch that is put on when in a temple or when it is reading esoteric teachings. It is on all the time and in everyone.

I agree. I make a case that all correct machine are theological. The reason is that such machine, when looking inward (as they can do by self-reference) can guess that there is something transcending them.




What produces this need of the soul or this innate instinct of the human nature?. It may produce organized relgion, but also politics and ideology. The brain areas excited by the appearance of the Pope in a group of believers are the same that are excited in ecologists when Al Gore appears. In the past there were no separation between both phenomena. This is an mostly Occidental division.

But it is also a natural division. When machine get theological, from their perspective it looks like those kind of things are different. And at some level they are. I think that the conflict is already reflected in the left brain / right brain difference. Perhaps between woman and man, east and west, yin and yang.

Take any machine, she will develop those two poles. the "schizophreny appears only when one pole believes to be more right than the other pole.



The cult of personality in socialist countries and the sectarian movements (either political or religious) are new editions of the fundamentally Unitarian nature of religion and politics.

So, then, gods and adivines have been and will be here forever.

I concur.



When a name for them is discredited, they appear with new names and within new organization.

Absolutely. Some atheists sects can copy some clergy ritual at the level of the microcospic details, and also the authoritative arguments. I am thinking to some atheist masonic lodges (not all).



The modern Global warming alarmism is an episode of adivination by makin illegitimate use of science. the Marxism was a scholastic school of Masters of Reality that claimed predicitive powers over the story of Humanity. The gigantic photographs of Marx Lenin in the URSS parliament is an example of religious temple of Atheism. But also the small photograph or a loving one in the dormitory carries out a religious sense, Specially if it passed away and it was a greath influence in our lives. Religion is everywhere and forever.

OK. But it can progress. The authoritative argument in science and religion is a rest of our mammals reflex. Dogs and wolves needs leaders, for reason of a long biological past story. It makes sense for short term goal, like it makes sense to "obey" to orders in the military situation. But it is really an handicap for the long run.

And that means that authoritative arguments will disappear, in the long run, or we will disappear, like the dinosaurs. Natural selection can select good things for the short terms, and throw them away later. What will not disappear is science and religion. Religion and spirituality will be more and more prevalent, and play a role of private goal, and science will be more and more understood as the best tool to approximate that spiritual goal. I think.

To fight fundamentalism in religion, theology should go back to the academy (which like democracy is the worst institution except for all others!).

Bruno

http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/



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