We have a lot of new data we are working on, and one of the thoughts I’ve come up with recently is can we create something similar to the human genome – perhaps we can call it the religionome – with which we can begin to look at all of the different beliefs and practices and traditions and try to evaluate and understand them not just from a spiritual perspective or a subjective perspective, but from physiological and biological and social and cultural perspectives as wellThis is from a transcript of a conference involving Andrew Newberg from U. Penn.
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If they wanted to use a biological metaphor for comparative religions, they could have gone with a phylogenetic tree, as many religions are obviously related to each other as heretics from one religion go on to start a new religion, analogous to speciation. But I suppose evolution and some religions don't mix too well...ReplyDelete
All these words should be part of the "bollocksome", which of course shall include the word "bollocksome" itself.ReplyDelete