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Hy movements with these characteristics resonate so deeply with Humanity A Meta Religion Needs To Have A meta religion Needs to have a set of terms uniuely meaningful for the religion Needs a narrative arc a founding story a mythological founder apostasy Needs to be holistic and disprovable the mythology needs to explain everything about the world and be presented as a disprovable logical systemOne can definitely uibble with the criteria above Is that really the complete basis set Is it the right basis set In my opinion these criteria seem reasonable and his chosen meta religions clearly check the above boxes His chosen targets are also clearly important world movements and are worth discussing as pseudo religions The bulk of the book is spent proving that each is a meta religion Steiner s critiue mainly has to do with the pseudo scientific claims of these mythologies Each errantly claims a basis in scientific fact as a bulwark of legitimacy and this makes these mythologies dangerous and disingenuous It s definitely clear that these movements are important to the world and that their adherents really do believe in the inevitability of their claims the communist March of Progress rings faintly It s also clear especially wrt to Communism and Aliens that this deep belief can truly pervert the world how else to explain the humongous amount of money poured into Astrology Steiner s larger point is to shine a light on these movements to understand them as surrogates for Religion As A Means as a means explaining their popularity especially bolstered with pseudoscience The conclusion of the book is a uite depressing investigation of science as savior His inescapable conclusion is that science has actually driven people into the arms of pseudoscience through recent ish discoveries like the inevitable heat death of the universe and the acknowledgement that scientific advancement might come at the expense of humanity and not in service of it eg AI. Sh between truth and human survivalUltimately he suggests that we can only reduce the impact of this collision course if we continue as disinterestedly as possible to ask uestions and seek answers in the face of our increasingly complex worl. ,


Of scientific rationalis Not an uninteresting book considering the topics it hovers upon But incomplete and incoherent Summary as we seek philosophies and cosmologies to fulfill our need for the absolute we find there is nothing entropy Here s a pick me upper Two deities two gods to overwhelming agencies govern and divide our being said Freud Love and death Eros and Thanatos The conflict between them determines the rhythms of existence of procreation of somatic and psychic evolution But finally the contrary to all intuitive instinctive expectations to all our hopes it is not Eros not love but Thanatos who is stronger who is close to the roots of man What the species strives for finally is not survival and perpetuation but repose species strives for finally is not survival and perpetuation but repose INERTNESS IN FREUD S VISIONARY inertness In Freud s visionary the explosion of organic life which has led to human evolution was a kind of tragic anomaly almost a fatal exuberance It has brought with it untold pain and ecological waste But this detour of life and consciousness will sooner or later end An internal entropy is a work A great uietness will return to creation as life revers to the natural condition of the inorganic The consummation of the libido lies in death p20The book is a little dated at times cold war ideologies and his gloss of Marx Freud and Levi Strauss tended to be frustrating I came on this book through a tweet by Marc Andreesen where he claimed that it handily explained a lot of modern day Weltschmerz The central thesis is controversial but rings true Scientific rationalism induced the death of Christian religion in Western Europe and the popularity of aliens communism eastern religion Freud and structural anthropology can be explained as a direct replacement of the role religion used to fillIn fact George Steiner goes one step further and calls these movements meta religions or mythologies that share key traits with religion George Steiner doesn t go into details for The alternate mythologies Marxism etc and fads of irrationality astrology the occult Steiner argues that this decay and the failure of the mythologies have created a nostalgia for the absolute that is growing and leading us to a massive cla. ,

The only issue where I disagree with Steiner is his all too uick dismissal of what he calls orientalism but I can imagine that back then it involved a lot of superstitioussuperficial beliefs and practices and maybe still but probably a lot less I would say he s being rather eurocentric thereBut overall very good Five lectures on the decline of Christianity the death of God and its effects on Western civilizationSteiner examines three modern mythologies which attempt to fill the gap the hunger for absolute truth left by the decline of religion Marxism Freudian psychoanalysis and Levi Straussian anthropology A mythology in Steiner s sense of the word has an easily recognizable beginning and development a prophetic vision preserved in canonical texts later disciples and prophets develop the teaching there is a passionate conflict between sects each believing they present the truth that they are the genuine heirs to the founding prophet competing with dangerous and deluded heretics The mytho I bought this CBC Massey lecture when it first appeared a couple of millennia ago 1974 75 It was important for me in that it was only after reading it that I first framed my own deeply rooted skepticism I agreed with Steiner up to the point of his discussion of scientific truth Then I took a large piece of paper stuck it up on the wall of my apartment and wrote I don t believe in anything Still don t wall of my apartment and wrote I don t believe in anything Still don t think It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic don *t believe in anything Still don t think It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic for me Good book for *believe in anything Still don t think It definitely pointed out the impossibility all systematic for me Good book for who are into a myth George Steiner died yesterday His brilliant and wise literary and cultural critiue will be greatly missed I have commented on his book Nostalgia for the Absolute here A good short book that seems thoroughly sensible The gist is that the author argues that the major intellectual movements he calls them mythologies of 20th century stem from a reaction to the spiritual vacuum left in the wake of the rise. Writer and scholar George Steiner's Massey Lectures are ust as cogent today as when he delivered them in 1974 perhaps even so He argues that Western culture's moral and emotional emptiness stems from the decay of formal religion He examines. Nostalgia for the Absolute