[ExI] Why religion at all?.
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sat Jun 5 18:18:33 UTC 2010
On 6/5/2010 12:31 PM, John Clark wrote:
> most people have this usually advantageous tendency to believe into
> adulthood whatever they were taught as children. And so screwy religious
> ideas that start small propagate.
Yes, but the odd thing about screwy religious ideas is how vehemently
and murderously they can be held. You can deny the Tooth Fairy without
too many people losing control on the spot and shooting you dead, but do
a simple sketch of a non-Presbyterian prophet and many of his followers
will go bugfuck crazy and hack you to death while setting random cars on
fire. Of course this is an outlet for backed-up hormones and political
grievances, but somehow religion has a singular capacity to fire up
superstimuli uber-releasers. Keith's kill-the-Other evolutionary psych
story is clearly part of what's going on, but that seems to me likely to
be a side consequence of something far more deeply rooted in group and
individual psychology (along the lines of informing a drunk redneck that
his mother is a 'ho).
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