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Pondering the South African Memesphere – Looking for the Good in Everything
Pondering the South African Memesphere – Looking for the Good in Everything
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We can learn so much from each other, even if cultures seem to clash initially. My house guest in May was a Mormon.

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"Religion as distinct from culture seems like a pretty Western phenomenon, the result of a triumphant Christianity colonizing cultures it never originated from, ending out with the modern conception of culture as ethnic food + silly costumes."

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Susan Blackmore, former champion of the "religion is a virus" meme, recanted in 2010: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2010/sep/16/why-no-longer-believe-religion-virus-mind

Let me rephrase: recognising that religions have in fact been hugely beneficial to the species, on the biological and individual levels, means it cannot sanely be called a "virus".

(The Guardian article she wrote is the most useful read, but I also babbled a bit on the blog: http://www.thinktoomuch.net/2014/08/21/religions-are-not-viruses-of-the-mind/)

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Ecclesiology! The Catholic Church is impressive - what would it take to build another institution like that?

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This article ends with a paragraph mentioning Buddhist groups that have led violent attacks. The point: there's diversity in all walks of life. The general diversity speaks to human nature, rather than to the religion in question (even if some worldviews are more conducive to violence).

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This year I wrote a rough one.

Next post will probably be on 10 October, hopefully I'll include further thoughts there which I decided to leave out of today's post.

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