posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 11:51 PM
I think some people on this thread are talking about religion, some about spirituality, and some about atheism. Then there is the philosophical
discussion of consciousness and what that means to the individual.
To me there's a difference between a particular set of rituals, practices and beliefs that may or not require the absolute devotion of an
individual-- that is, religion in its narrowest aspects --and the awareness that we are, or may be, part of a larger whole which may not be fully
apprehended at this stage of human development--that is, spirituality.
The atheists are mostly talking about religion in its narrowest aspects.
IMO it is certainly possible that spirituality, like philosophy, is a characteristic of a highly developed human brain/society/consciousness.