Old 04-05-2007, 04:55 PM   #1
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I am in a class on the biocultural evolution of religion. I have a term paper (about 8 pages double spaced) due in about a month that I need to come up with a topic for. I need to be able to find some kind of scholarly articles on it.

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Growth rates of various religions with an examination of why certain religions are doing better than others (sort of a memetic analysis)
This book might be a good start

Does anybody have any good ideas to throw at me?

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Old 04-05-2007, 06:02 PM   #2
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I'd recommend Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural PhenomenaBreaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomena , it's a very interesting look at how the religion meme functions. If nothing else, you could look into what Dennett used for sources for that book.

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Old 04-05-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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For a good synopsis of the fiction anthology now commonly referred to as the Old Testament, try Silberman and Finklestein's The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:25 PM   #4
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Does anybody have any good ideas to throw at me?
why not discuss Cal's Christ psychotic hypothesis........

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Old 04-05-2007, 06:43 PM   #5
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Yay, that's IT!

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Old 04-05-2007, 07:11 PM   #6
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I'd recommend Dennett's Breaking the Spell: Religion as Natural Phenomena, it's a very interesting look at how the religion meme functions. If nothing else, you could look into what Dennett used for sources for that book.
Already read it for the class. :thumbsup:

Also reading "The God Delusion" and "The End of Faith". Good stuff.

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Old 04-05-2007, 07:14 PM   #7
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Does anybody have any good ideas to throw at me?
why not discuss Cal's Christ psychotic hypothesis........
As great a topic as that would be I think I need to find something with more research behind it. Any topic that I do will tend to treat religion as sort of a virus or meme (which is what the class is essentially about) but I don't know that doing a paper on it being a mental disorder would be relevant to the class, at least as long as there isn't much research on it.

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Old 04-05-2007, 07:50 PM   #8
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A class treating religion as a memetic virus? Sweet.
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