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I'm telling my wife that you talked me into changing my major. She's gonna kick your ass.
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i'll do that :)
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i was responding to comments here, not to the article, which i found very interesting.
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It's a nice twist that the page at the URL supplied itself doesn't exist.  
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From what little I know about Buddhism, it didn't start as a religion, but it certainly has become one. The Buddha has become a divinity in the minds of most followers.

Re-reading the original question a year later, I see that my answer was flawed. The poster is referring more to the idea that religiosity is some sort of adaptation than to to the origin of species.

In response to that question, I would say yes, such a theory would, if accepted, almost certainly obliterate any foundation of faith that had been built up before. But faith, I believe, is, to say poorly, a kind of generated field, and that field is generated by the religious impulse, which in turn evolved in humans to fill a necessary gap.

For a being of high intelligence, there may be required a means of motivation superior than the desire to procreate and to eat, or to survive. We're a thinky species. What's it all about, Alfie? Why do we persist? Even an average mind must recognize the inevitability of non-existence, and the pointlessness of any action.

Our brains have evolved to the point where we can project quite far into the future. That is obviously an evolved mechanism. But evolution is not a God. It is not an architect. The law of unintended consequence applies in evolution, too. The fact that we can predict and plan where the game may be next year leads directly to the ability to perceive our own mortality. This is something that other animals do not engage in.

Religiosity becomes the survivability characteristic that separates the surviving line from the apathetic failed line. The line that has unreasoning hope and faith survives. The one that is unable to ignore reality dies off.

So what's an intelligent being to do? Become stupid? I suggest that we also have the evolved capacity to believe six impossible things before breakfast. We believe in what is true (Evolution) and act as if there were a point to it all (Faith.)
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since we create a world where greed and selfishness and even cruelty are celebrated and indeed toasted in those who have them in spades... and have a media and a music industry and film industry and press that reveres such 'stars' ...and since we then teach our children that these people are the icons to emulate ... and incorporate this learning into our every teaching system for our young....
it should be no surprise that most the money will always belong to the very few...and that vast numbers will starve forever... and that there is such profound and far reaching corruption in politics..and business..and banking....
what is truly amazing...is that we get surprised by the outcome of our creativity ... the resulting world wide behaviour is a totally obvious outcome.
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