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Old 06-05-2010, 12:59 PM
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Religion, Sex, and the Internet (John Horgan & George Johnson)

Originally Posted by I'm SO awesome! View Post
this quote from SCIAM is taken directly from a paper posted in Cell or PLOSOne several months ago. first of all, they should credit the authors unless they are one themselves and secondly, it's a misguided attempt to explain religion as a non-evolved trait. the fourth part of that side of the argument they left out is that when a wide array of (including athiests and others of many religions) people are exposed to a novel moral dilemma they all respond similarly. unfortunately, this lends itself much more towards universal morality within brain circuitry than anything else. Pinker, etc. have covered this extensively. the first part of the comment is completely ridiculous as this is the same argument those against universal grammar make. it'd be like saying "How do you even categorize language?? I mean, there's Chinese, English....they're all different!" Ridiculous. They (religions and grammar) all have common denominators. Wade, Wilson, etc. have been through this extensively. The second two part of the comment is closer to a Just So story than anything else. The third part is even more ridiculous to include in a paper or a comment (especially given recent developments in neuroscience.) The chance that religion arose under selective pressure before man left africa is overwhelmingly more likely than trying to explain its arrival independently in EVERY culture on Earth in every continent. People who make these arguments probably don't follow genetics or neuroscience so they don't realize how ridiculous it sounds.
You have included too many "ridiculous" in your comment for me to be able to follow. It's a pity because it looks like you may have had a few interesting ideas there.
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