[ExI] atheists/religion

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 10:49:53 UTC 2020

On 2020. Aug 3., Mon at 12:46, John Clark via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 6:11 PM Keith Henson via extropy-chat <
> extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> *> Being religious is such a  widespread psychological trait that (in
>> terms of evolution) it must have been selected at sometime in our past.*
> Not necessarily. I've heard various arguments that suggest religion
> confers some sort of evolutionary advantage but I've never found them to be
> very convincing; the same thing could be said for arguments to explain the
> near universal appeal of music, the most abstract of all the arts. It could
> be that neither confers an advantage to individuals or to groups of any
> sort, they could be evolutionary spandrels, byproducts of other traits that
> do confirm an advantage.

Well, religion can eliminate or reduce the fear of death, and this helps
performing fearlessly in battle.

> John K Clark
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