Episode 102: Hyper-Real Religions: Tolkien as History, Real World Jedi, and Belief Through Pop-Culture


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Episode 102 of our book read/podcast covering major topics in various fields of psychology moves us into PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION! This summer we are going to discuss religion from a psychological and historical perspective as we investigate the evolutionary origins and modern social systems of religion.

In this episode we discuss HYPER REAL RELIGIONS and the influence of pop culture on religious systems and in some cases how they define and develop into religions and belief on its own. We discuss two in particular, Tolkienism, the belief of J.R.R. Tolkien as real history and Jediism and its growth across western countries.

Correction: In this episode I (Daniel) state Gil-galad was the bearer of the ring of fire (Narya) and while he was given the ring by Celebrimbor it was based on to lieutenant Cirdan the shipwright at the Grey Havens who himself passed it on to Gandalf. I apologize for the oversight…

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PSD Website: https://psychosocialdistancingpodcast.com/

Thomas' Webpage: https://sexography.org/

Thomas' Twitter: https://twitter.com/TBrooks_SexPsy

Daniel's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceInChaos

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