Re: Dawkins was right all along

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    >From: Philip Jonkers <>
    >Subject: Re: Dawkins was right all along
    >Date: Mon, 24 Sep 2001 19:55:56 +0200 (CEST)
    > > 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
    > > not.
    >Hi Scott,
    >Interesting of you bringing that up. It seems that there is
    >such a thing of, what you refer to as a, `God module'. I guess
    >it corresponds to an area in the pre-frontal cortex. I posted
    >a mail ages ago, called: `This is your brain on God' which
    >was about some Canadian scientist who invented a brain-machine
    >that could arouse religious/spiritual experiences, depending
    >on the subject's religous commitment of course.
    >Given the fact that the ability to become religious is
    >innate, one may ask:
    >What are the evolutionary forces that drove the development
    >of such a mental module?
    >A clue that springs to mind is that religious communities may
    >have had a survival benefit over not so religious communities
    >through ensuring social coherence within the group.
    >An evolutionary pressure may then have favored the more religious
    >type of brain...
    >Also religous thinking affects just about everybody, including
    >atheist. Think of the universally applied language, terms
    >such as spirituality, eternity, soul, purpose/ goal of life
    >hold sway everywhere. Even evolutionary psychologists are
    >for spreading the `gospel' of their scientific
    >beliefs in such a fanatical religious kind of way.
    The Standard Social Science Model is a tool of the devil.

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