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Religion started like a virus several thousand years ago. |
Mankind was here before religion ( time frame, what, 3 orders of magnitude before religion? ) although what the genetic outcome in future generations may be is uncertain. Irrationality has trotted out time and again. Really an embarrassment. Today several thousand million people belabour under false ritual and closet fears full of goblins and angels and tooth faeries. A testament to lower brainstem cushiness and the need to believe in the soft life of stained glass churches, mosques and synagogues. Gotta hand it to native Americans who built kivas along the lines of constellations. And to Mayans who built things like the "Snail" (caracol) observatory in Mexico. And to the Chinese who actually wrote down astronomy when western generations were killing each other over the issue of which hand to place over the other when praying. And gotta nudge the Kon Tiki islanders who thought that making big stone faces would appease the gods. It didn't.
More good has been done by Pythagoras, Newton and Einstein than anything produced by religious eschatology because this material has produced objectivity while religion teeters along the dimensions of subjectivity.
The need for "balancing the ledger" stems from incorrect thinking. The road to reality (I borrow the title from book by Roger Penrose) is dotted with scientists and the carrion along the way struggling with little side issues to address like what would jesus do... a poor tool set indeed to split atoms or understand DNA.
There is no "ledger"; no "great big books in the sky"... no celestial accountant, no one looking over your shoulder or mine or anyone's! No one need be "on the ledger" books of religion to balance anything. God, allah, jehovah - and company are not even wrong. The answers don't matter because the question is incorrect. I speculate here in China that godists (my new term) will be deselected genetically (sociobiological DNA transmission transgenerationally ) by dint of subjectivity: reliance on throwing the bones, reliance on "this book guarantees me this or that..." such is nonsense and people like that will have less fertile productive family patterns western or Chinese. .
In fact there is no need to prove god or religion. This is another formk of humanity's witch hunts. We can understand the world at very small levels (atomic) and very large levels (cosomological) best precisely WITHOUT reference to gopds or angelws on the head of pins or what would jesus do or what would jehovah have said or allah... such tools are poorly used in the telescope and the microscope (which were invented by scientists, not eschatologists after all ).
Probably the analysis of "more harm done in the name of religion" may be a falsehood☺ as well because plagues and volcanoes (e.g. 535 AD) have brought civilization to its knees. Yet many a contemporary of those events thought - and wrote - plagues and the flu and locusts were a sign of god and lacking simpler signs certainly fools in the past believed that when the skies went dark for several days at a time due to events such as Krakatoa well just no doubt as witnessed in their accounts historically that they believed something like "We just made god angry this time and we don't know why..." So really the analysys is incorrect at the radix.
This does not require a big scientific discovery. Just a little clear thinking.
You are probably fairly western - classically lite (sic) trained. Here's the routine: smidgin of Newton, dollop of Kant and then bring in the renaissance... with big god vamping up out of the books like a Bach tocatta crescendo. You're saved by the bell.
I would encourage you to throw the bible(s)away, old and new testaments, skip the koran and go directly to read "Not Even Wrong" by Lee Smolin and (Sir) Roger Penrose's "The Road To Reality". It might clear away some of the ledger keeping and balancing which cloud your analyses. Then you can avoid godists like the plague (pun intended).
But if you are in China you are here for a good reason, perhaps your sixth sense tells you that something is wrong with this incomplete map of the universe you have been handed from the west and here in China you can get a complete picture. In case you haven't noticed the homies here don't play that, religion I mean.
If so, you are in the right place.
☺ falsehood - in this case, reasoning of post hoc propter hoc