[ExI] Evolutionary psychology and religion

David Lubkin extropy at unreasonable.com
Thu Dec 13 21:49:44 UTC 2007

Seien wrote:

>The reason that religion gets it wrong is because it *is* 
>antirational, and the essence of morality is reason. One can only 
>arrive at moral decisions, think in a morally good way, behave in a 
>right way rather than an evil way, with the use of dynamic reason. 
>Religion openly suppresses reason. Therefore it openly suppresses 
>morality. It replaces this loss of real morality with a false 
>"morality" of its own.

This is an overstatement. Religions, and denominations within 
religions, differ in their embrace or rejection of reason.

Many groups, starting from premises you or I might reject, then 
reason rigorously from those premises.

In particular, large chunks of Buddhism, Judaism, and Ba'hai take 
thinking for yourself, critically, very seriously and embrace 
superceding traditional teachings when contradicted by the best 
external evidence.

-- David.

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