The Fitness of the Holy

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Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous? “In the history of the world, every culture in every location at every point in time has developed some supernatural belief system. And when a human behavior is so universal, scientists often argue that it must be an evolutionary adaptation along the lines of standing upright. That is, something so helpful that the people who had it thrived, and the people who didn’t slowly died out until we were all left with the trait. But what could be the evolutionary advantage of believing in God?”  NPR.

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  1. Charles

    After considering this for a while, I wonder if the tendency to believe in supernatural beings watching us could have been selected not because it enhances survival but because humans are such bloody violent apes with a penchant for murdering the heretics (and other outsiders).

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