This month, Chris Borecky will discuss the economics of religion and how technology innovation theory may predict the future of religion, which economists increasingly view as another consumer product rather than a special category of organization. Chris earned his MBA at UALR after studying social psychology (particularly group dynamics, social cognition, and attitudes) at Arkansas State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Chris has worked at Alltel and Acxiom, and is the current president of the ASF.
We will start by reviewing a few marketing and business concepts, in preparation for a discussion on Clayton Christinsen’s disruptive innovation theory.
An economic and marketing perspective leads us to ask the questions “What if religion is a technology?” and “What sort of disruptive innovations could displace religion, or already are?” Similarly, ideas from economics are now being applied to religion by many contemporary thinkers to explain religious behavior and belief. The persistence of religion among well-educated people well into the 21st century calls into doubt the old secularization hypothesis (the idea that religion will eventually be wiped out by advances in science, technology, and education) and demands a new explanation.
For a lively discussion of current events, AR Freethinker's group news and business, join us at the Arkansas Studies Institute, right across from the River Market. Parking is free and plentiful on Sundays in the Main Library parking lot.
We meet on the first floor in room 124. We usually adjourn at about 4:30pm and walk over to the Flying Saucer for dinner, drinks and more fun times.