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By Richard Dawkins, J. Anderson Thomson, Clare Aukofer

Author note: ahead via Richard Dawkins

In this groundbreaking quantity, J. Anderson Thomson, Jr., MD, with Clare Aukofer, bargains a succinct but complete learn of ways and why the human brain generates spiritual trust. Dr. Thomson, a hugely revered practising psychiatrist with credentials in forensic psychiatry and evolutionary psychology, methodically investigates the parts and reasons of spiritual trust within the similar method any scientist may examine the circulate of astronomical our bodies or the evolution of lifestyles over time—that is, as a simply average phenomenon.

Providing compelling facts from psychology, the cognitive neurosciences, and comparable fields, he, with Ms. Aukofer, offers an simply obtainable and particularly convincing case that god(s) have been created through man—not vice versa. With this slender quantity, Dr. Thomson establishes himself as a must-read philosopher and best voice at the primacy of cause and technological know-how over superstition and faith.

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This contributes to what we now know about children’s belief. Children will spontaneously adopt the concept of God and a created world with no adult intervention. At heart we are all born creationists. Disbelief requires effort. Even adults are far from paragons of rationality. We too need to see purpose. In fact, the need to see purpose is inherent in the definition of religion. ” Bible literalists believe that animals exist for the sole purpose of serving humanity. That nonhuman animals have played a role of their own in the evolution of our species and the ecosystem of our planet isn’t something literalists consider.

Combine that with dramatic weather changes, volcanoes, the sun, the moon, and other natural wonders.

Kinship cues are manipulated. Charismatic recruiters and trainers create cells of fictive kin, pseudobrothers outraged at the treatment of their Muslim brothers and sisters and separated from actual kin. The appeal of such martyrdom is not just the sexual fantasy of multiple heavenly virgins, but the chance to give chosen kin punched tickets to paradise. S. ” In this situation, the extraordinary power of created religious “kinship” trumped actual kinship, overriding not just individual kinship emotions but a general cultural taboo against patricide.

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