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originally posted by: Fylgje
But I've seen ghosts and know they are a reality, not some caveman superstition. God on the other hand......Never seen that cat.
originally posted by: ArtemisE
I read another article that was very similar. It's opinion was. That as soon as we became self aware and able to realize how easy it was for us to die. We had a need for an afterlife. Life has always been dangerous. One false step and you could slip fall and break your kneck. But life requires you to endanger yourself daily. Even more so in prehistory.
Basically saying that as soon as we were self aware. We needed an after life to comfort us as we did life threatening actions in our everyday life.
originally posted by: cutevixen
originally posted by: blkcwbyhat
a reply to: ColorsOfTheWind
can you prove him?
100% Correct ColorsOfTheWind, since when is the burden of proof on us to prove a god exists?
what about ET's being Mistaken for .
originally posted by: Blackmarketeer
Caveman instincts may explain our belief in gods and ghosts
There's an interesting article on how humans have come to readily believe in gods and spirits, with such beliefs tied to our survival instincts;
Notions of gods arise in all human societies, from all powerful and all-knowing deities to simple forest spirits. A recent method of examining religious thought and behaviour links their ubiquity and the similarity of our beliefs to the ways in which human mental processes were adapted for survival in prehistoric times.
It rests on a couple of observations about human psychology. First, when an event happens, we tend to assume that a living thing caused it. In other words, we assume agency behind that event. If you think of the sorts of events that might have happened in prehistoric times, it’s easy to see why a bias towards agency would be useful. A rustling of a bush or the snapping of a twig could be due to wind. But far better to assume it’s a lion and run away.
The survivors who had this tendency to more readily ascribe agency to an event passed their genes down the generations, increasingly hard-wiring this way of making snap decisions into the brain. This is not something that people need to learn. It occurs quickly and automatically.
Along with the above described "agency," the author describes the "theory of mind" - a coping mechanism that allowed us to comprehend the behavior of others, giving us empathic abilities to understand them.
This idea says that we automatically assume that there are reasons behind others’ behaviour which we try to work out in order to better understand why they behave the way they do.
See the article for just how "agency" and "theory of mind" play such a large role in our beliefs in gods and ghosts.
originally posted by: tsingtao
…if we evolved from lower animals, when did we pick up the ability to think?
…to over ride instincts?
…it makes not a lot of sense to me that, after living in the wild for a couple million years, that all of a sudden people start thinking the natural course of weather, earthquakes, floods, storms, life and death etc. have been caused by something other than what has always been happening?
…especially seasonal things. …
“For centuries philosophers have taken intuitions at face value and tried to find theories that conformed to those intuitions,” Greene says. “But as philosophers have played with more and more scenarios, it’s been increasingly difficult to find a single theory that fits. My approach is to say, forget the overriding theory. Our moral judgments are sensitive to kooky things, like whether you’re pushing someone with your hands or dropping him with a switch. There is no single moral faculty; there’s just a dynamic interplay between top-down control processes and automatic emotional control in the brain.”
…Why is it that a God, alien had to have influenced humanity.
Progression has times when it is frustratingly slow and like the last one hundred years interestingly quick…
…I ask why are humans are so adaptable to technology????? …