Don’t for heaven’s sake, be afraid of talking nonsense! But you must pay attention to your nonsense. Tonight, I will measure my heart rate as a function of time reading Heidegger’s tome of ridiculously complex nonsense Being and Time. I hypothesize my brain will melt and my heart will beat rapidly. I made an interesting discovery that reading the book silently promoted a lower heart rate than reading aloud. This is not intuitively surprising, but it is interesting to observe the trend in the data. I also came across a passage in the text that might be useful for the final paper that I have to write for my Darwin and Theology course (an abstract of which is here on this blog). “Theology is searching for a more original interpretation of human being’s being towards God, prescribed by the meaning of faith itself and remaining within it. Theology is slowly beginning to understand again Luther’s insight that its system of dogma rests on a “foundation” that does not stem from a questioning in which faith is primary and whose conceptual apparatus is not only insufficient for the range of problems in theology but rather covers them up and distorts them” (p. 8, Being and Time). I think I can construct a good argument for how humans interact with the “world” by clearly explaining the religious implications of Heidegger’s concept of being-in-the-world. Then, I can explain present-at-hand/ready-to-hand in regards to religious faith. Perhaps it would be useful to pull The Future of Religion for this paper to get clarity on Vattimo’s essay in this text. Once all of that is articulated, I can explain how the five rules for the evolution of cooperation may work with regards to the evolution of religion.
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