5.7.2-The Reformation of Religion · Uncategorized

An Information Approach To Ritual & Religion

(by James Augustus Berens)

Position Along Spectrum of Information:

(-)<–(-2)-(-1)-(0)-(1)-(2)-(*)–>(+)
|<——————————->|

(+)
Truth
Empiricism
Individualism
Markets
Sovereignty
Eugenic

(-)
Lies
Mysticism
Collectivism
Discretion
Submission
Dysgenic

Religion and Ritual:

(*) Ratio-empirical Consequentialism: human action under complete, operational information produces deterministic consequences.

(2) Stoicism: partial but actionable information. Action and cognition directed towards the immediately calculable, operational, actionable.

(1) Shinto: partial (approaching random) information. Action and cognition directed towards the replicable: precise repetition of ritual in addition to ancestor and nature worship, respectively.

(0) Buddhism: random, in-actionable information. In-actionable information creates a preference for avoidance/disassociation. Action directed towards escaping conceptualization, accounting and calculation: escapism via meditation.

(-1) Christianity: partial construction of collective misinformation. Action and cognition directed towards group in attempt to extend kinship altruism and create feelings of [physical] security + belonging (social security).

(-2) Islam: near-complete construction of, and dependence upon, collective misinformation. Action and cognition directed towards demonstrating and enforcing submission through high-cost of ritual and opportunistic warfare against dissenters

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