Episode 39

In part 2 of our miniseries on our digital presence, we take a deeper dive into the wonderful world of ritual and how we are working that out from our own digital hermitages. What is the point of a ritual? Is it really a religious experience if you don't "feel it"? What does a religious experience look like in a brain scan? What's the big deal with eating cheeseburgers? Can you ever truly practice religious rituals alone? Even on top of a 50ft column? Let's find out! 

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produced by Zack Jackson
music by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

 

Scientists in Synagogues application due July 23 - https://sinaiandsynapses.org/scientists-in-synagogues/

 

Show Notes

Chattel or person: women in mishnaic times link

 

Emotion of disgust

https://www.paulekman.com/universal-emotions/what-is-disgust/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3189359/ [scholarly article]

 

The Passion of the Christ movie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_the_Christ

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335345/ 

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/passion-of-the-christ-15-years-mel-gibson-jim-cavieziel-movie-reaction-christianity-a8788381.html [this article points to some of the film’s and the director’s problems, esp as it relates to the Jews]

 

“Why God Won't Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief”  [link]

 

Collective effervescence 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collective_effervescence

A bit about Durkheim : https://www.iep.utm.edu/durkheim/ 

 

What does the hippocampus do

https://www.news-medical.net/health/Hippocampus-Functions.aspx

 

Saint Simeon Stylites

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2018/10/22/pole-sitters/ [with pictures]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simeon_Stylites

More Episodes

Our Digital Presence Part 1 (Oreo Communion)

May 20, 2020

Episode 38

In part 1 of our new miniseries exploring our digital presence in these "corona-days", we are looking at our religious rituals. Why do some of our rituals seem to transition easily to the internet while others feel flat and uninspiring? Can we create new digital rituals? How do we find hope and spiritual connection when our internet connection keeps cutting out? Can we replace the body and blood of Christ with Oreos and coffee without ruining the whole thing? Can you replace the shankbone of a Seder Plate with a family hug in an attempt to preserve the meaning behind it? What is sacred, what is profane, and who is deciding this stuff? 

 

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More information at https://www.downthewormhole.com/

produced by Zack Jackson
music by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

 

Scientists in Synagogues application due July 23 - https://sinaiandsynapses.org/scientists-in-synagogues/

 

Snow Notes 

::coming soon::

DtW Goes to the Movies Part 6 (Jurassic Park)

May 13, 2020

Episode 37

In the final episode of our miniseries on science and religion in film, we're taking you to a remote island off the coast of Costa Rica that is teeming with dinosaurs and valuable moral lessons. It's Jurassic Park! Let's talk about dinosaurs, the morality of genetics, what makes humans special, and why you should definitely be scared of chickens. 

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produced by Zack Jackson
music by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis (though much of it was originally composed by John Williams )

Snow Notes 

::coming soon::

DtW Goes to the Movies Part 5 (Interstellar)

May 6, 2020

Episode 36

In part 5 of our miniseries on film, we are literally taking you down the wormhole to visit the 2014 scifi masterpiece, Interstellar. Zack leads the discussion on ancient apocalyptic literature, and why he thinks that the modern end-of-the-world movies are not all that different from the ancient religious texts, and can bring a similar spirit of hope in uncertain times. At least that's the idea. We'll have to wait for the live action version of The Book of Revelation to compare apples to apples. 

That's a joke by the way. Dear lord, I hope that's a joke in the future too....

 

Revised Miniseries schedule:

3/25 - Contact
4/1 - 2001: A Space Odyssey 
4/15 - Pan's Labyrinth 
4/22 - Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
4/29 - Star Trek: Generations
5/6 - Interstellar 
5/13 - Jurassic Park 

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produced by Zack Jackson
music by Zack Jackson and Barton Willis 

Show Notes:

::coming soon::