Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon
For a growing number of people, there is nothing more important than religion. It is an integral part of their marriage, child rearing, and community. In this daring new book, distinguished philosopher Daniel C. Dennett takes a hard look at th ...more
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I confess I only read the first couple of chapters, because I lost interest in an author who wasn't willing t ...more
Philosophers of religion get very little attention in the world of philosophy.
He points out how th ...more
This is a great book IMO for the religious or non-religious just for the questions that he poses. Lots to think on and he does it in a very gentle way.
The bulk of the book is occupied with a much different argument, perhaps an exam ...more
I have been attending a new church, and I have been listening to some things I needed to hear. 'Leagalism' is a term used to describe the perspective that following rules and living up to certain standards is how you win your salvation. Christians know that our salvation doesn't come from following rules or living up to standards, but rather, it comes from our trust in christ. This, I understand, does not mean that christians should not follow rules but only that our salvation does not dep ...more
Now for the actual book. I think Dennett did a very fine job dissecting all his reasoning, and then come to his final verdicts, perhaps, too good a job. While reading I felt a bit bored for the first 250 or so pages, which is quite a chunk of the book, and only then, do the more interesting stuff start. I could use a little more conclusions and opinions in the firs ...more
Dennett takes exception to this, maintaining that religion is a fi ...more
Toxoplasma gondii é um parasita com alguns hospedeiros intermediários — incluindo o ser humano — e o gato como definitivo, onde ele se reproduz. Quando o protozoário infecta o rato, por exemplo, a toxoplasmose faz com que ele perca o medo de luz e do cheiro de urina de gatos, o que facilita a infecção. Daniel Dennett diz que a religião se comporta da mesma forma: é um parasita que se instala no cérebro do hospedeiro e muda sua personalidade (seus pensamentos e comportamento), o que facilita a co...more
As a historian, political scientist, and self taught economist (whose also dabbled in philosophy) I've come to learn the modern philosophy is more about a flowery speech than substance. The philosophers of old inspired us how to think and educated us in open mindedness. Modern philosophy tells us how we should view a subject, without true empirical data, and if we choose not to follow, well then we are just ignorant.
Dennett is a entert ...more