RE: Dawkins View

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Date: Mon Sep 24 2001 - 11:19:20 BST

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            Thanks Aaron, for this.

            <EXCERPT FROM:
    > >From "Human Destiny and the Evolutionary Epidemiology of Ideas"
    > a talk presented at the Foundation for the Future Workshop on Cultural
    > Evolution, May 18-19, 2000, Bellevue, Washington.
    > " ... In South Asia, the most intense versions of Islamic and Hindu faith
    > lead to more children for adherents. For Islam, it also leads to more
    > evangelical activity, giving a high fertility-high evangelism movement
    > similar to early Christianity. The evolutionary maintenance and growth of
    > religious fervor now contribute to the risk of nuclear war in India and
    > Pakistan. Belief in special afterlife treatment for martyrs heightens the
    > risk. If such a war happens, it could have devastating consequences not
    > just
    > in the region, but also for financial markets and the world economy as
    > nations react by trying to create terrorist-proof boarders and curtailing
    > civil liberties. The World Trade Center bombing illustrates very clearly
    > that
    > there are groups who would use a nuclear weapon on a large city if given a
    > chance. ... ">
            Hmm... groups that would use a nuclear bomb on a city if given a
    chance.... I wonder who's done that before.

            The India/Pakistan thing is a territorial dispute at least in part a
    legacy of British colonial rule, to see it simply as a religious issue is to
    simplify it too much I think, but I'm on going on your extract here, so
    that's probably a bit unfair.


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