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Breaking The Spell

Religion as a Natural Phonomenon

by Daniel C. Dennett

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This is an important book to read for anyone interested in understanding how religion may have evolved naturally through natural selection processes at first, then domesticated and refined over thousands of years. Dennett recommends, in order to be properly understood, that religion be scientifically studied. I enjoyed the book very much and recommend it. It is now available in paperback.

Here is a good review of the book: Getting a Rational Grip on Religion

“Dennett hopes that this book will be read not just by atheists and agnostics but by the religiously faithful–and that they will come to see the wisdom of analyzing their deepest beliefs scientifically, weeding out the harmful from the good. The spell he hopes to break, he suggests, is not religious belief itself but the conviction that its details are off-limits to scientific inquiry, taboo.”

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Dan Dennett at the TED Talks, May 2006

Dennett talks about breaking the spell of religion and advocates studying religion just like any other natural phenomenon. Daniel Dennett begins his presentation by showing a slide of a dairy cow:

Look at this magnificent beast, and ask the question “Who designed it?” …. This is TED, this is Technology Entertainment Design, and there is a dairy cow it’s a quite wonderfully designed animal … you might say that God designed the cow, but of course God got a lot of help…

Religion is a mixture of natural selection and domestication. It can be reverse engineered and studied, much as a cow is. Religions are just as natural as cows… like the cow, they initially evolved, have become domesticated, design and redesigned.


Daniel Dennett at the TED Talks, in Monterey, California

He proposes that all religions be taught in school in a factual manner, so that children can learn about all religions, and not just the creeds of their parents. Dennett believes we should study religions with the same intensity as any of the other natural phenomena.

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Daniel Dennett–Breaking The Spell

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The Atheisim Tapes; With Daniel Dennett, Part 1

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The Atheisim Tapes; With Daniel Dennett, Part 2

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The Atheisim Tapes; With Daniel Dennett, Part 3

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Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview 1

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Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview 3

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Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview 4

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Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview 5

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Understanding Genetics – Daniel Dennett Interview 6

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