Monday, February 20, 2012

Alain de Botton : Atheism 2.0



Alain de Botton is perhaps my favorite pop-philosopher. I've read a few of his previous books on Status (very much based on the economics of status), Architecture, Travel (very flaneur like). This talk is a nice take on the functionalist nature of religion. Some nice economics by Iannacone and my former classmate Jared Rubin who use game theory to model how religion's role in society. Botton points to some nice ideas, of community, of sermons for learning, of rituals, that can be adopted for a humanist canon based on literature, art and philosophy.
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