Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Great Regulars: Jim Al-Khalili in the Guardian explains why,

as an atheist, he celebrates Christmas. Fair enough, except he is celebrating no such thing. Like many atheists--especially when they are scientists--he treats religion as a simple entity, an atomic unit of human experience. Religion, in this view, performs certain obvious functions--consoles with thoughts of an afterlife, sustains social homogeneity and so on--and, therefore, it is a resilient 'meme', a cultural version of a gene.

from Bryan Appleyard: Christmas Continues


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