May 03, 2012
Of monkeys, people and religion
Hanuman, the Indian monkey god.
El Cabrero spent a good part of the week careening around West Virginia. For entertainment and edification, I listened to a recording of primatologist Frans De Waal's book The Age of Empathy: Nature's Lessons for a Kinder Society.
In it, he made an interesting point that never had occurred to me, i.e. that religions that developed in places where people lived in proximity to monkeys and/or apes didn't separate humans from the rest of the natural world. Presumably it would be harder to do so when there were little furry human look alikes running around.
Dude has a point. Compare and contrast Hinduism and Buddhism with Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
FRACK PICTURES to come next week.
POLITICS, GENES AND BRAINS discussed here. Comment: as interesting as books on that topic are, they don't explain why things are so polarized today.
GET OUT THERE AND JOG if you want to live longer.
MORE TO DENY here.
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