Recreating (and advancing) pk’s censored domains: Macroinformation.org & Knatz.com / Teaching / Society / Social Epistemology / Religion /
@ K. 2003
Religion I suggest initially grows from our (true) perception that however many dimensions we occupy — two, three, four … — there’s yet another “above” it: a meta-dimension.
That meta level may be capacious — tall, broad, but we know about as much of it as a leaping bass learns of the air or a mating grunion learns of the continent: about a meter of beach.
Sharing this perception however invariably leads us to furnishing this level with inappropriate junk from the familiar levels below. “God” has a “beard”; is “male”; a “father”; has a “place” with many “mansions” …
Instead of using the metaphor to free our mind (and then discarding the metaphor), we shackle ourselves in the metaphor: and ascend nowhere.
Even the original leaper may forget her leap in the mundane which ensues.
2003 05 31 First, let me roughly define religion as any group-belief system where the faith is based on tradition, group-agreement (or group pretense at agreement); not direct, verifiable, falsifiable evidence.
Second, let me say that today’s thoughts relate to points sketched in my Kleptocracy: Death by Proxy module. That file emphasized the kleptocratic implications of proxies; this file will emphasize the religious aspect. See also Proxies.
Third, I add that religion has been a major subject for me all my life: so major is it for me that till this day no file here has actually been called “religion”: not a sign of neglect or indifference; rather a sign of ubiquity. (This file go renamed, the point is true nevertheless, literally and symbolically.)
(Knatz.com’s instantiation prior to reinstallation at Macroinformation put related files in a “Magic” directory (did anyone share the humor with me? the insight?); here it’s all lumped under “Society.”) (Though I do list the same files under “Magic” in the (this and that old K.) categorized menu.)