September 26, 2006

Cultural phenomena and bilogical preconditions

On human nature and creation of sacred research
"Finally, the gentically programmed constraints are on learning revealed by developmental pyschology musy prove to be consistent with the major trends and practice. If they are not, the hypothesis is doubtful and it can be legitimately supposed that in this case cultural evolution has mimicked the theoretically predicted pattern of genetic evolution. (ON Human Nature 178)"Disproval of Monkey Theory - "The sacred rituals are most distinctly human" (Ibid 179)."Religion is thus posed in contrast to nature and cannot be treated as a general phenomenon deriving from human nature" (Creation of the Sacred, Burkert, 2).p. 179-180 On Human Nature by EO Wilson supports the Shamanistic Theory. Too long to type out entirely.Creation of the Sacred by Burkert - "The most complicated issue is still how to verify the connection between cultural phenomena and bilogical preconditions" (Creation of Sacred 11)."But even if accepted [sociobiology theory], these functions do not in fact prove any correlation betweeen religion and gene selection"(Creation of Sacred 16).Self Awareness - "religions are established by learning, they are propagated both through imitation and through explicit verbal teaching" (ibid 16)."Traditions developed in this way can evidence a kind of cultural fitness for survival without any gentic basis" (ibid 16) (for example Roman Catholic Church see page 16-17)"The frist principle characteristic of religion is negative: that is, religion deals with the nonobvious, the unseen, that 'which cannot be verified empirically'" (Creation of Sacred 5).On page 89 of The Mind in the Cave Williams starts the explanation about Neanderthals and their lack of self awarenss.Disproval of genetic theory (Creation of Sacred pages 12-13)"It is the genes, not the individuals, that get passed on; hence it is th cheater within a group who enjoys the greatest advantage and by this very fitness will multiply his genes. 'The selfish gene' has become a catchword of the new approach.It remains true, however, that certain strategies of behavior within a group will prove to be more successful than others and thus make a difference even in gene selection' (10)NiChOlAs and ErInOlAs posted by Nick Coates at 7:43 AM

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