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>From: "Wade T.Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>Subject: Re: Dawkins was right all along
>Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2001 17:50:46 -0400
>Hi Bill Spight -
> >Please show how learning is, by definition, necessary for belief, using
> >the dictionary definition.
>A belief is "Something believed or accepted as true, especially a
>particular tenet or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons."
>I fail to see how believing tenets accepted by a group of persons is not
>a learned behavior.
>But, really, semantics and definitions aside, religion _is_ a learned
>behavior. Period. It is not innate. Acting as the agent of a religion is
>a learned behavior. Period. It is not innate. Accepting rewards in an
>afterlife is a belief, and beliefs are tenets held _without evidence_.
>Explain how one gets tales of an afterlife without being taught same.
There could be an innate or heritable underbelly to the generation of
religious belief, whether adaptive or non-adaptive. OTOH, there might not be
such an innate bias. I guess it depends on whether there's a "God module" or
Any adaptiveness to such a bias would not justify religion in itself, a
distinction averting a plunge into the sticky realm of the so called
Aside from a putative predisposing underbelly, the beliefs in religions are
probably learned. The beliefs themselves, as ideas, could not be inherited
in the genetic sense.
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