Pokémon Go and the demon-haunted world

0 Posted by - 25th July 2016 - Technology

Are Pokémon monsters really “digital demons”?

In Carl Sagan’s 1995 book, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark (Amazon price), the author makes the case that science makes it impossible to believe in a world of invisible beings.

Now we can understand volcanic eruptions, for example, as natural phenomena caused by plate tectonics rather than the wrath of an angry volcano god lusting for human sacrifice.

Thanks, science!

But what science has destroyed, technology is creating anew.

The case for Pokémon monsters as ‘demons’

Some religious leaders and pundits say Pokémon is dangerous. Why? Because it engages young people with spirits and demons. Well, the wrong spirits and demons, anyway.

The top clerical body of Saudi Arabia issued a fatwa 15 years ago against the original Pokémon card game. With the sudden popularity of Pokémon Go, the council recently renewed its edict. The Saudi objection, according to Reuters, is partly based on their belief that the game promotes polytheism. The council views Pikachu, Jigglypuff and Psyduck as false gods.

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