Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™

I’m attempting a resurrection of this very cool old TS meme. It’s name comes from the book Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder. A book I’d highly recommend, if you haven’t already read it.

The topic for today’s Spontaneous Philosophical Tea Party™, is worship.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately, and my (multi-part) question is this:

Why worship? Are we as humans hardwired to worship something? Even us skeptics, is our admiration of Carl Sagan and the scientific method considered worship? Is it moral to worship? And if you were god, would you want your creations to worship you, or would much rather they were out doing useful things with their Sunday mornings?

So, Teen Skepchick readers, what do you think? Talk to me! 😀

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  1. March 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm —

    I can see the appeal of getting together with like-minded people to share an appreciation of something, to discuss it, and to go all fan gurl on it, although I wouldn’t call it worship in the same sense as religious worship because it isn’t a requirement. There are no rules to it the way there are with religious worship.

    However, to be fair, some people who worship religiously genuinely don’t see that as a requirement either. They see it as an expression of being a god fan.

  2. March 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm —

    Thanks Melanie!

    “They see it as an expression of being a god fan”

    I think this is a good way of stating it, actually. It seems to me how a lot of modern Christianity sees it.

  3. March 27, 2011 at 6:12 am —

    I don’t think we’re hardwired for it. I see it as a cultural thing building on other elements that we probably are hardwired for.

  4. March 28, 2011 at 3:48 am —

    Nah, I don’t think it is hardwired. It is probably a product of culture. Maybe someone should check this stuff cross culturally. Also, admiration is not worshipping. We admire these people for their achievements, but we also know they are people, and that they make mistakes. We don’t take their words just because they are famous, but because of their reasoning and evidence.

    In the case of Carl Sagan, I don’t think I would have liked him due to his personality. Indeed, if you read his biography, you will see that a lot of times, he was unlikeable. But at the same time, I admire him because of his work in teaching science to the public, and his all around excellent essays and books on reason and skepticism.

    Oh, and if I were a God, I definitely wouldn’t want anyone to worship me. That is just so creepy!

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