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Art, Religion, and Football, Too

I liked Natalie Angier’s piece in the Science Times today on The Dance of Evolution.

My view is that art and religion are both ways of calling out our best selves. They say to a group, “More is possible, particularly if you behave well.”

My husband claims that football meets all the tribal, ritualistic needs for which others require religion. And honestly, reading the article, I’m not sure that sports wouldn’t also serve the same functions, only with a more competitive dynamic thrown in.

Of course, there is also a little bit of the “duhh” factor at work, science plodding along, rationalizing what we know via common sense, claiming the seemingly obvious as official knowledge. It’s not exciting, but it’s part of the process. So now, let us applaud babysteps.

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