Biotechnogiosity religion features

13 11 2007

Here there is a list of key words/features related to Biotechnogiosity as religion:

#   it gives stability to Man and Society

#   it rules over the individual rights

#   it gathers together the collectivity

#   its content shows a moral imperative

#   it generates rituals

#   the collective aspect is more important than the individual ones

#   its aim is to find the truth

#   love as the beginning

#   order as the structure

#   progress as the end

#   it creates taboos

#   it has sacred objects which are forbidden, separated from the common life

#   the sacred object is the sistematic rapresentation of the world

#   it has object that inspires respect

#   it has object that inspires wordship

#   it has object that inspires fear

According to this list, I create one of the task that my recruited scientists are required to do in my cultural probes.

I associated to the sentences above a picture that explain the concept, but on the other hand not related to religion in order to reduce the influence on the testers. On the back of each postcards I asked to write a sentence or shoot a picture in the lab that rapresented the tester personal idea on the concept I wrote.

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Durkheim:religion and science

12 11 2007

I got in contact with the professor Massimo Rosati, who is the curator of the italian translation of “The elementary forms of religion” by Durkheim, Meltemi editor. He is a sociologist and he works at the University of Salerno, in Italy.

I asked him to explain one concept I found in the Conclusion of Durkheim work:

“…the main notions of scientific logics are of religious origin…”

This is a summery of what he answered to me.

“Durkheim thinks that between us and the primitives there is not such a big gap. The evidence of it is the scientific and logic way of thinking. The use of logic categories of thinking, for example, space, time, cause and force are at the basis of the scientific thinking and they originate from religion. Nowadays religion has lost its cognitive function, since we try to explain the origin of the world not through Genesis, but through evolution theory. But not because of this religion has no longer any function in society.

Religion as a pragmatic, dynamic function that Science doesn’t at all. Religion can move the individuals and the collectivity, Science cannot because it requires time. Opposite to Comte, Durkheim doesn’t think that science could be sacralized and become religion. In Durkheim opinion, rituals cannot be originated from Science. He believes instead in a complementary relationship between Faith and Reason, Religion and Science. And this is particularly important in the age we live nowadays.”





The discovery of the Sacred in Eliade

12 11 2007

The discovery of meaning in the world is related to the Sacred. The human imitation of the Sacred is the basis of religious life. Life as imitation could have meaning.

But man itself is religious since he is dealing from the beginning with feeding himself, sexual life and working. Growing up, becomind a man means “being religious”. The world is genetically and structurally religious.

The way the Sacred shows itself for the first time to somebody is called hierophania by Eliade. Man relizes the existence of th Sacred because it is completely different from the profane. The hierophania consists of something that belongs to a totally different order, a reality that isn’t from our world but that shows itself in objects of our daily, profane life. From a tree or a stone to the incarnation of God in Jesus Christ.

Each time man discovers the Sacred through a hierophania, he somehow draws a center in the world where he can build a meaningful environment.

Also time has different meaning according to the time of the Sacred and the time of profane reality. Through rituals, religious collective celebrations, man can pass from ordinary time to sacred time. The time of the Sacred is reversible and each time we celebrate an vent in the religious liturgy we skip from ordinary time and we get into the mythical time. The time of the Sacred is a circular time, it consists of an ethernal mytical present that gets rehiterations through rituals.

The myth on the other side tells the strong introduction of the Sacred into the world: it tells about a Sacred history happened in the time of the origins. Usually the myth tells how one part of the reality was created in a strong, even dramatic way. The myth is the justification of a ritual, one particular one and each time we perform that ritual we re-focus on that mith. It is not an act of remembering, but an act of repetition. In this way man always has in his mind that his origin deals with the Sacred.





Comte and the Religion of Humanity

11 11 2007

In Comte view, religion gives stability to the relationship between man and society and it coordinates every single aspects of this interaction. Religion doesn’t give us any reality, it just gives sort of commandments. Especially in all those societies where there is not a scientific approach to reality.

I wonder now which kind of meaning religion would have in our age, where we actually experience science and its progress in every day life. Would religion reveale the truth in that case?

We live in the post- Reason age and we are empowering human life cycle thanks to Biotechnology.  Comte introduced the Religion of Humanity as the only spirituality practise that people during positivism could have had. Every natural aspects would have been explained from a scientific point of view, observation and practise. Humanity at the end would not only be the object of Religion, but even its subject, taking the place of God.

In the Biotechnology Age, I see Bioengineered Humanity as the object of religion, and as well its subject, together with the scientific community.

The religion in that case would actually be my Biotechnogiosity.





Biotechnogiosity stem cell

26 10 2007

Biotechnogiosity is a hybrid stem cell originated from the fusion of the Biotechnology and Religion cells, as in each society over the time both the individual and collective system of values have been the result of the mutual influence of the status and the development of society itself (scientific/technological progress)  and the experience of the sacred.

In the following link you will find the graphics of the Biotechnology cell, the Religion cell and the Biotechnogiosity gamy:

#    biotechnogiosity-cell-gamy.pdf





Biotechnogiosity Advent Calendar

23 10 2007

I have started to visualize my research as a biotechnologic process itself and Biotechnogiosity like the hybrid embryo born from the two different species cells of Biotechnology and Religion.  The subtitle of this blog already says “a research about the religious faith as a biotechnologic process”. When I wrote this, it was just  a supposition, now I have got the real reason for me. At a “molecular scale”, I must say at the “inner scale”, Biotechnology and Religion are made of the same essence, the same Dna, (I need to elaborate this concept more.), so they can be addressed of all those kinds of biotechnology processes we know up to now, in a conceptual level.

The Biotechnogiosity hybrid cell is an embryo, is a stem cell that gets a differentiation only when it is contextualized in one of the 4 quadrans of the cartesian system of the bioengineerd life.

To show the various developments of the Biotechnogiosity stem cell and its specialization, I have created the Biotechnogiosity advent calendar, (you can see it from here: biotechnogiosity-advent-calendar.pdf), where, according to the X axis of bio/biotechnologic life and the Y axis of biologic time/afterlife, I have put all the concepts that have emerged in my mind, seeds of possible projects. 

biotechnogiosity-advent-calendar.jpg





Religious experience as brain configuration

21 10 2007

Neurotheology claims that the religious experience is a particular configuration of the brain. The brain itself is genetically programmed for the religious experience.

When you are having  religious experience, it is demonstrated that the encephal, the part of the brain governing the perception of the bourder between ourselves and the rest of the world, the infinite, has a blackout because it doesn’t receive any sensorial input from the man concentrating in his pray.

Neurotheology explains how the rituals can involve celebral statuses from which  a wide range of sensations derives, like feeling part of  community and joining deeply the universe. Religious people think at this feeling as the meeting with God, but it is totally retraceable in the way the brain works.

That also explains why even not religious people got moved in front of religious rituals. 

I could investigate this phenomenon in order to develop a project for two of the four scenario of the Biotechnological Life Cycle I explained in the previous post, in particular the one of Biological Life and the other one of Biotechnological Life during your life time.

# What if we were all genetic engineered by ruling scientists to have this kind of encephal black out in front of biotechnological processes?

# Could this be a possible scenario of Biotechnogiosity Society? Like living in a kind of Matrix?

# Which “pills” or devices could awake our encephal?

# Should we be subjected to a kind of exorcism?

# Could we save ourselves from this biotechnology abuse through a biotechnology remediation?