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Uploaded on Jan 13, 2010
Religion is a love born of terror. Like children, we WILL love what takes our fear away as if it WERE our parent.
But a good parent never fills its child with shame or an inferiority complex.
If you understand why a person touches wood you understand, to some extent, why people talk to gods. To partially explain the existence of religion you need only explain the existence of superstition. To explain THAT, you need to explain that "spooky" feeling we get. I think I can, though it's just an opinion. I think "spookiness" is an instinct we HAD to evolve in order to survive, to keep us out of the shadows at all costs.
Understanding an instinct often removes much of its power over you. Try. :)
Evidence of the claim in the video that pre-existing traits can be accentuated within 10 generations can be found in the following video, where wild foxes are selected for passivity and bred, resulting in obvious (and somewhat shocking) affection and trust. I think nature could do the same, selecting for and accentuating fear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbcwDX...