Sunday, March 12, 2006

The evolutionary explanation of religion gets stuck



'On the face of it, there's no reason not to dissect religion with the same tools used to pick apart animal behaviour. Why can't we ask how religion evolved? What's wrong with trying to figure out whether cleaving unto God enhanced our ancestors' chances of survival, or whether, on the contrary, religious belief occupied them like a parasite, sickening healthy minds with delusional notions? And yet this approach to religion has long been perceived as a breach of intellectual protocol...' More

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