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Friday, December 21, 2012

Paging Dr. Schicklgruber...

The "creationists" who think the world was made in 6 days get scorned, but why do universities sponsor speakers saying things like this?







Published on Dec 20, 2012
         




(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/)
 The discovery of evolution implies a profound revolution in human
thinking and action. Ursula King, Professor Emerita of Theology and
Religious Studies, University of Bristol, explores the implications of
this new consciousness for religion, society, and consciousness. She
describes the work of the French paleontologist and religious thinker
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who sought a new spirituality for a world in
evolution. His prophetic thought about "the planetization of humanity"
-- what is called "globalization" today -- relates to global
interdependence in all areas of human endeavor, and bears on
contemporary discussions about ecological and evolutionary
spiritualities as well as international peace and social justice.
Series: "Burke Lectureship on Religion & Society" [1/2013]
[Humanities] [Show ID: 24413]

this is the type of nonsense that got the "leadership" of the Catholic nuns into hot water with the vatican

First of all,belief in evolution is not new.



Second: this is not a major "movement" in religion outside of the elites.



Third of all, the idea of "evolutionary spirituality" by new agers who think that meditation will let them evolve, is scientific nonsense.



But scientifically, "meditation" makes one vulnerable to suggestion, but there is no evidence it changes the neurological system let alone that it induces genetic changes that can be inherited (which is what evolution means).



So this is a "belief system" that lets rich upper class yuppies feel superior to the hoi polloi, which is why I worry about it. Utopian creeds promoting Ubermensch have a bad reputation after Senor Shicklegruber  put similar ideas into practice.



If humans evolve, it will be because the transhumanists find the genes that allow us to do that.



Finally, their reverence for Chardin ignores that a lot of folks think he was either behind the Piltdown hoax, or at least involved in it. From Wikipedia:






Teilhard had travelled to regions of Africa where one of the anomalous finds originated, and resided in the Wealden area from the date of the earliest finds.

 Stephen Gould's take: for someone involved in a huge "scientific discovery" (as it was assumed at the time) he was curiously silent in his writings after 1920.



Chardin's "mysticism" see man evolving to become gods.



Catholics see evolution occuring by the laws of nature, but with God like a symphony conductor directing them how to act, and sometimes changing the script by mass extinctions. So most believe in evolution the science, but not the philosophy of scientism that is often promoted as science. Unfortunatly few people, even the dodo in the first link, know the difference.

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