The new church of file sharing

  (26 July 12)
  by Greg Spearritt

Kopimism is a newly-registered religious community in Sweden. Its principles?:

  • All knowledge to all
  • The search for knowledge is sacred
  • The circulation of knowledge is sacred
  • The act of copying is sacred.

Sounds rather like it’s in sympathy with SoFiA’s aim of ‘openly exploring’.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, philosophy student and co-founder Isak Gerson was asked whether he believed in God. His response: ''No, I just believe in our values. It's just a belief in holy values.''

There are Chapters of Kopimism around the world but not (as far as I know) in Oz. If it’s good enough for New Zealanders



"God" is merely a metaphorical personification of our highest values (as well as our loftiest ideals and our areas of ultimate concern)....In other words, for those who need them, the gods are fictional representations of the positive aspects of our human nature.

Posted by David Miller

"...positive aspects..." Really?? please explain.

Posted by Grant

Grant has asked me to explain what I mean by the "positive aspects" of our human nature. I will respond by listing, in non-supernaturalist terms, the wide-ranging variety of answers humankind has given to that question... 1. Our highest values - Goodness, truth, beauty... 2. Our loftiest ideals – e.g. Love, compassion, mercy, perfection, justice, freedom, creativity, security, power, etc... 3. Our peak experiences – e.g. Wonder, awe, mystery, gratitude, uniqueness, oneness, interconnectedness, etc... 4. Our areas of ultimate concern – e.g. Self, family, community, nation, humanity, nature, planet, universe, etc.

Posted by David Miller

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