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Complex societies precede moralizing gods throughout world history | Nature
The origins of religion and of complex societies represent evolutionary puzzles1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8. The ‘moralizing gods’ hypothesis offers a solution to both puzzles by proposing that belief in morally concerned supernatural agents culturally evolved to facilitate cooperation among strangers in large-scale societies9,10,11,12,13. Although previous research has suggested an association between the presence of moralizing gods and social complexity3,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18, the relationship b...
society  religion  gods  complexity  morality 
4 weeks ago by max_read
Between gods and animals: becoming human in the Gilgamesh epic | Aeon Ideas
In her second invitation to Uruk, Shamhat says: ‘I look at you, Enkidu, you are like a god, why with the animals do you range through the wild?’ Gods are here depicted as the opposite of animals, they are omnipotent and immortal, whereas animals are oblivious and destined to die. To be human is to be placed somewhere in the middle: not omnipotent, but capable of skilled labour; not immortal, but aware of one’s mortality.

In short, the new fragment reveals a vision of humanity as a process of maturation that unfolds between the animal and the divine. One is not simply born human: to be human, for the ancient Babylonians, involved finding a place for oneself within a wider field defined by society, gods and the animal world.
gods  human 
7 weeks ago by toddhoff
What you didn’t know about Marie Kondo
“I believe it was the god of tidying,” Kondo has said.
Marie  Kondo  konmari  gods 
10 weeks ago by thejaymo
Eris in the news
Speaking from her temple on Mt. Olympus, the usually reclusive deity said that Trump was “far and away” her first choice to be President in 2016.
gods  politics 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Twitter
We often forget that current religions will soon be future mythologies.
gods  secular  atheism  from twitter_favs
june 2018 by dcolanduno
Twitter
Christianity, the most successful infidelity lie of all time.
atheism  gods  secular  from twitter_favs
june 2018 by dcolanduno

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