[ExI] iranian riots all a huge mistake

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 07:41:31 UTC 2009

2009/7/8 Kevin Freels <kevin at kevinfreels.com>:

> I'm always annoyed when I read such things. we are a young species. most of everything we know has been learned in the last 200 years. there are people alive who were born before powered flight. religious memes take advantage of religious genes that can't be just left vacant. instead I think they need to be replaced with rational memes that fulfill the same needs as religious memes. this type of replacement takes many generations and you just need to do your part to help those memes spread and have FAITH that they will. christianity has taken 2000 years to get to where it is now. it's not going to be replaced after a hundred or so years of real scientific progress. the human species is fine. it just needs some tweaking just like any other species.

Religion has, indeed, slowly been dying due to lack of interest
everywhere in the world for centuries. The two exceptions in the last
century are Christian fundamentalism in the US and Islamic
fundamentalism. But these are aberrations, fighting against the tide.
The relative liberalisation and secularisation in Iran compared to
immediate post-revolutionary period is evidence of this.

Stathis Papaioannou

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