Evolution, Religion, Colonialism, Magic, and Superstition
I think it's mildly interesting that in a matter of a couple hours I made errors concerning both Evolution and Religion. Once on Emigre's blog having to do with this absolutely insane and perhaps ground-breaking find in Indonesia of the "Hobbits" (Floresiensis). Another here concerning my curiousity about Laylet il Qadir. I was existing in a world of Hobbits and Christian calenders in my sleepless mind. Pardon me.
I also believe ihath posting about Ghosts is a coincidence. I was just thinking & writing about ghosts and spirits (Also, with Halloween coming up it's especially cogent). So, I would like to ask, 1) who believes in which of the following: evolution, religion, magic, and superstition. 2) Are evolution and religion mutually exclusive? 3) And what does colonialism have to do with the four?
I find that in my family many believe in all four of these things, which is completely bogus if you were to adhere to logic. But is it? The tradition of supersition is extremely strong in the Arab world. And what, pray-tell, is magic? Shamans and voodoo? Well, duh, of course. Michael Taussig wrote a brilliant book that threads the needle through these topics. Shamans, Colonialism, and the Wild Man: A Study in Terror and Healing. Please check it out.
In the meantime, what do you believe in? I believe in Hobbits now. And I believe in a higher being. So, I'm probably agnostic as opposed to being an atheist. And because superstition is contagious, in certain circumstances it slips into my mind. I believe in all four, then. Perhaps this is personal. But I'd appreciate anybody's feedback regarding these subjects.
Trying to learn from my mistakes and conjure up more dialogue here. Please drop your opinion and answers in the comments. Thank you!