Re: playing at suicide

From: Philip Jonkers (
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 05:46:22 GMT

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    >>I doubt if it will ever be
    >>feasible, all the more since it seems that religion
    >>is ingrained in the human brain.

    >Is it religion that is ingrained, or the mechanisms
    that allow religion
    >to flourish? I suspect the latter, and that religion
    has endured only
    >because it is a facile set of conditions to set up
    and maintain.
    >But, yes, it is hard to eliminate the easy.

    Interesting point. It seems more likely indeed
    that religion is but of a specific example of
    a more general class of phenomena for which the
    human brain has truly evolved a processing faculty.
    I'm thinking of affinity for mystical, metaphysical
    and other air-borne experiences, sensations,
    visions, reasoning and the lot.

    On the other hand, it might be that we have truly
    a center which is devoted entirely to our
    religious affinity. Namely, if religion truly and
    specificly offered truly survival benefits
    (as a social glue) the more religious affine people
    would get selected out by the Balwin effect.

    It might also be that the Baldwin effect stimulated
    the general evolution of the `spiritual' (religious,
    anthropocentric, romantic, tending to metaphysics,
    etc.) being. That is,
    where religion forms only a subset. (I use romantic
    in a negative sense, it's not that I hate romance

    In all these things the main player is imagination
    I think. Without skeptical mindset the tendency is
    to believe once you can imagine. Perhaps this where
    the Baldwin effect played in on.

    Religion, it keeps intruiging me...


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