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Is God An Accident?

A fascinating piece from the Atlantic Monthly:

Despite the vast number of religions, nearly everyone in the world believes in the same things: the existence of a soul, an afterlife, miracles, and the divine creation of the universe. Recently psychologists doing research on the minds of infants have discovered two related facts that may account for this phenomenon. One: human beings come into the world with a predisposition to believe in supernatural phenomena. And two: this predisposition is an incidental by-product of cognitive functioning gone awry. Which leads to the question … is God an accident?

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Posted at 12pm on 25/11/05 by Jack Mottram to the art and culture category.
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  1. thanks for the link!

    Posted by rexx at 11am on 26.11.05

  2. just testing me new phone…

    Posted by jack at 6pm on 26.11.05

  3. Oops - sorry Rexx, that wasn’t a surreal reply to your comment - just didn’t see it when playing with the new mobile!

    Posted by Jack Mottram at 7pm on 26.11.05

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