From: Keith Henson (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 09 Oct 2004 - 19:34:11 GMT
At 08:14 PM 08/10/04 -0700, Scott Chase wrote:
>--- Ray Recchia <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > Scott,
> > The point of the talk was religious belief is used
> > in war to inspire troops
> > and to justify violence. People who believe that
> > God is on their side will
> > for example will take extraordinary risks because
> > they believe that God
> > will protect them and even if they die they will be
> > going to heaven.
There is good reason for similar meme based motivations clear back when our
remote ancestors were all hunter gatherers. If you have to kill the
neighbors and/or take horrible risks of being killed yourself, it is
essential to believe some such meme--usually with heavy xenophobic overtones.
>I wouldn't forcefit the notion of communist ideology
>being a religion, but instead that religions are based
>upon ideology like communism is.
I have thought about this for close to two decades and would put it this
way: I would not call communism a religion, but it is in a larger class
that includes religions and competes with religions for human minds. My
argument is that religious memes generally are exclusive in a
person. Communism displaces religions in human minds, so it certainly has
this characteristic of religions.
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