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Old news, and whatever

We are born to believe in God

ATHEISM really may be fighting against nature: humans have been hardwired by evolution to believe in God, scientists have suggested.

The idea has emerged from studies of the way children’s brains develop and of the workings of the brain during religious experiences. They suggest that during evolution groups of humans with religious tendencies began to benefit from their beliefs, perhaps because they tended to work together better and so stood a greater chance of survival.

Via Pharyngula

This is old news, but worth revisiting because it may become more and more of an argument to fight against. As far as psychology goes, this would be rational, especially if you take evolution into context. At one point, our ancestors didn’t know how to farm, let alone use logic or construct rational arguments and observe empirical data. It seems to me that, at some point, belief in deities was probably beneficial to mankind because before we were able to manipulate the world around us to the extent we can now (or 2000 years ago) the world was a shitty fucking place that didn’t seem to have a purpose. That is one thing belief can give you, if nothing else. Once you can move past that, there is no purpose for the belief.

But the real problem is that those in favor of intelligent design will use this as proof that we were designed to believe.

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