Damiano's Lute

David Dyer-Bennet dd-b at dd-b.net
Fri Jan 31 10:25:02 PST 2003

"Ian Jamieson" <ijamie at sympatico.ca> writes:

> > Correct.  "Religion" shrinking refers to number of people who are
> > religious.  Since the population is increasing, and since people here are
> > coming up with whacky definitions of what "religion" means, I don't see
> how
> > to answer that (and it isn't a subject that intrusts me).  I'm saying that
> > the domain over which the superhuman and supernatural has control tends to
> > get smaller as man's knowledge increases.
>     Sorry, been out of the list for a while but I had to reply to this late
> as it is. I think there is a certain irony implied in the fact that as we
> become a more 'advanced' society we see more and more people medically
> treating themselves with 'old world' techniques, i.e. acupuncture, faith
> healing, healing touch, herbal remedies, etc. Is this due to lack of faith
> in 'science' or 'scientific humankind' or a search for something larger,
> something that can't be seen or 'logiced'.

Much simpler; it's a reaction to some of the problems in the modern
practice of medicine.  Plus the large number of recent third-world
immigrants, who bring their established habits with them.
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