I found rival TED videos I’m watching and trying to connect this morning, first by author-pastor Rick Warren and then by philosopher and cognitive scientist Dan Dennett, refuting Warren’s best-selling book about humans and our “purpose” for being who we are, starting about 15 minutes into his talk and going great guns from there:
The key to our [human] domination of the planet is culture, and the key to culture is religion.
Bringing purpose to their lives is a wonderful goal and I give [Rick Warren] an A-plus on this . . .a fantastic achievement. . How does he do it?
. . .It’s been going on for thousands of years and he’s just the latest brilliant practitioner of it. . .Every time you read it or say it, you make another copy in your brain!
[Philosopher Dan Dennett calls for religion — all religion — to be taught in schools, so we can understand its nature as a natural phenomenon.] More about Dennett here.
Whose truth are we gonna listen to?
[Warren says] “Surrendered people follow God’s word even if it doesn’t make sense.”
. . .You don’t like my interpretation? Don’t listen, don’t listen, that’s the Devil speaking!
Dennett’s last line is particularly good imo: “I wish this meme would go extinct!”