Science tries to give a meaning to the surrounding world. Any event, any situation, new or old is being interpreted by the means of it. Science starts from all the things surrounding us and gradually gets to the essence and structure of the Stars and Universe. But also in the another way, to the microscopic and beyond. In this way, science is the religion of those who believe in it.
Science is an evolution, a religion that always finds new gods and heroes (steam, electricity, internal combustion, atomic energy etc). They all have written books, but they are not that fixed as you would think. Euclid’s postulate asserts that from a given point, only one straight line can be traced to another straight line. It’s the accepted version, but 2 other postulates assert that an infinity or no line can be traced. They might seem utopia, but we can’t really tell given our limited known space. New discoveries and new needs accentuate the need of research in different fields of science and reveals today’s gods and heroes.
Science is the religion of a few curious people that need more elaborate answers (like gravity to stay on the ground). Great changes in science occurred only when a critical mass of people where able to accept them and when their results materialized in something useful, practical, so it could be accepted by large masses of people. Surely, space exploration and travel will encourage research in new fields of science. One big test, would be the encounter of another advanced civilization.
Any religion tries to give a meaning to the surrounding world. Any event, any situation, new or old is being interpreted by the means of this religion. Religion starts from the creation of the Universe, of the Stars and gradually gets to the essence of all things surrounding us. In this way, a religion is the science of those who believe in it.
Religion is not fixed, nor is science. Religion is made of a series of beliefs and legends just like theories and laws. Today all great religions have written books, but the contradictions in them and the different interpretations allows them to explain anything a believer encounters in his life. The same way, science redefines itself when new events occur (at the beginning of the century not few remarkable science men believed in the existence of ether – a matter witch composed all things around us).
Religion is the science of the masses. Great changes in religions occurred only when their lifestyle changed: from hunters to agricultures, from small communities to big cities. With the event of the Internet, religions will have to change again to accommodate larger and more diverse communities, and once we start space colonization they will change even further.
Religion is one of human kind basic needs. It is the response to the question about the purpouse of our lives. Every religion is the sum of the mystical ideas of the period in which it formed. It’s interpretation is influenced by the changes in society. One of the major changes are the computer and the Internet.
Multiplayer games, forums, blogs, all the web 2.0 concept connects all kind of people. And I mean all the kinds of people. It is the place were all the religions intersect. It is the most probable place were different mystical ideas will meet to form a new religion.
Internet and computers being it’s birth place, the new religion will have a good share of the superstitions Internauts have. So, a mass message like “pass this to your friend list or the service will close”, might become a mystical idea that not using a certain service or visiting a certain domain will bring bad luck.
A religion needs fights, heroes, foes and profets. We have a fight for freedom of information, music, videos and games, we have a Mitnick, we have the foes (I don’t need to mention them) and the profets will soon arrive.
A new God will rise, governing the connection speed, the relevance of the search results, the artefacts that drop in games.