Machines of the Gods: The Mix of Religion and Science

  • October 9, 2011 · 1:30 PM
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Speaker: Jack Maurice, Founder, Orlando Freethinkers & Humanists

Lecture + Video Presentation

Synopsis:

Smoke and mirrors or acts of gods?

Discover the technical wizardry behind the fantastic 'temple magic' used to give to give ancient Greek and Roman temples the competitive edge.

Discover the surprising ways modern technology and ancient history intersects.To attract the faithful (and their wallets) ancient priests relied on the cutting edge of cutting edge of classical technology.

With so many gods to choose from and so many temples vying for the average worshiper's fidelity, Ancient Greece and Rome was a buyer's market for religions. Priests were desperate to demonstrate the supremacy of their particular god and his or her personal involvement in their temple. To that end, Wonders of the Ancient World were constructed, iron chariots were suspended in mid-air, and automatic soap dispensers were installed.

Delight in the extravagant efforts and technical wizardry of the ancient keepers of the faith as they struggled for an edge over the competition. Be amazed - and amused - by the awesome MACHINES OF THE GODS.

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NOTE: You will be amazed to learn how the greatest minds of the age were turned to the construction of what were little more than parlor tricks, albeit enormously sophisticated and impressive ones.

 

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    a good meeting. Informative, entertaining, good group interaction

    October 11, 2011

  • Ronald S.

    It was interesting for two reasons. First, it demonstrated that there were BCE geniuses unknown to us moderns and that they knew more about liquids and how it affected mechanical operations than we realize. Secondly, it theorized how strongly magic played a part in religious worship. People went to the temples as much to be entertained as to worship. It also postulated that priests spent most of their time seeing out the geniuses due to competition among the various religions profligating in the ancient world. That might have been the case although I still believe that worship was the main reason people went to temple.

    October 11, 2011

  • Norma Jeane Y.

    Is this going to be a documentary film, lecture, demonstration or what? (Sounds interesting--just want to know more in advance.)

    September 19, 2011

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