[ExI] atheists/religion

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Mon Aug 3 18:53:14 UTC 2020

Giulio Prisco <giulio at gmail.com> wrote:

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

That may be a factor.  I suspect that a more important factor is a
belief that the other tribe is made up of such vile beings that the
warrior goes berserk.

This might also apply.

Memeoid – a neologism for people who have been taken over by a meme to
the extent that their own survival becomes inconsequential. Examples
include kamikazes, suicide bombers and cult members who commit mass
suicide. The term was apparently coined by H. Keith Henson in "Memes,
L5 and the Religion of the Space Colonies," L5 News, September 1985
pp. 5–8,[44] and referenced in the expanded second edition of Richard
Dawkins' book The Selfish Gene (p. 330).


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