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originally posted by: ScientiaFortisDefendit
These atheists just don't give up, do they? Why don't they use their seemingly endless energy to go after an actual myth, like the tooth fairy or Obama's birth certificate?
originally posted by: butcherguy
I wonder if the lower orders of life that operate entirely on instinct (responding to stimuli with reaction toward survival) and no higher thought processes, like self awareness, believe in gods?
originally posted by: blkcwbyhat
a reply to: ColorsOfTheWind
can you prove him?
a reply to: Rosinitiate
would easily explain the gods of the greek and roman time period. We perceived everyone as "stupid" back than and feared everything, like earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunami's, etc, etc, so the worshipped the gods of things they didn't understand to appease them and spare their life. It's easy and makes a lot of sense, but I consider myself evolved or at least more so than some around me and yet, I have seen enough and felt enough to know there is something quite amazing with our perceived reality even if we are surrounded by less amazing things. - See more at: www.abovetopsecret.com...
In the absence of geological knowledge, our tribal ancestors' agency system would have ascribed this event to a person – but one that surely has superhuman ability.
This even applies to the Abrahamic, all-knowing, all powerful god. He may seem very inhuman at first glance, but it has been shown that we reason about Him in a very human way.
Very young children seem to show very accurate understanding of physical laws.
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
a reply to: Bob Sholtz
This isn't just about worship and god, though. It's also about believing in ghosts and spooks and other supernatural entities. Our evolution gave us "agency" and "theory of mind." Perhaps that gave rise to our willingness to believe in deities, or on a far smaller scale, ghosts. A door creaks open. The wind? Or a ghost? We make assumptions based on our evolved instincts. Something made that door open. We can't see it. So we believe it's a ghost. That's "agency." The same phenomena, working on two different scales.