Bruce M. Hood has been making the rounds on the skeptical podcast circuit, most recently on Point of Inquiry, promoting his book, SuperSense. The book is all about the psychological and evolutionary bases for the prevalence of religious belief and sounds fascinating; I intend to read it soon.
He and DJ Grothe discussed many interesting topics, but the one I keep getting stuck on is the idea of sanctity: that it is important for groups of people to hold shared values of the sacred (whether or not these are religiously derived) in order to better cohere. This is something I often think about, and I’m still not quite sure where I come down on it.
Do you have a sense of the sacred? Do you hold anything sacred, as such? Do you agree with Hood’s ideas on the subject?