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Is God a Virus?

Synopsis
Lecture by Dr Denis Alexander. The title is based on Richard Dawkins comparing religion to a virus or meme which spreads like a disease and is "one of the world’s great evils". In his lecture Alexander takes a critical look at Dawkins’ idea of the ‘meme’, while considering the idea of cognitive psychology and its relation to religious belief. He goes on to look at a model which shows how different beliefs may be related to each other, contrasting this model with the way Dawkins views science and religion. Finally he investigates whether sociological and other data offer any support to Dawkins’ thesis that ‘religion is the root of all evil’. [26 minutes]
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Subjects
Religious studies; Science
Keywords
cognitive psychology; Dawkins, Richard; religious belief and practice

Online availability

URI
http://media.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/WebMedia/Alexander%20Virus.mov
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Credits

Contributor
Denis Alexander

Distributor

Name

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion Online Shop

Email
faraday.administrator@st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk
Web
http://www.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/faraday/Shop.php External site opens in new window
Address
St Edmund’s College
Cambridge
CB3 0BN

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