Did Evolution of Human Imagination 50,000 Years Ago Trigger Belief in God? (A Weekend Feature)


6a00d8341bf7f753ef01156fbe9adf970c-500wiFrench-British anthropologist, Maurice Bloch, of the London School of Economics believes that humans alone practice religion because they're the only creatures to have evolved imagination. The development of imagination occurred at the time of the Upper Palaeolithic 'revolution' 40-50,000 years ago. Bloch challenges the popular notion that religion evolved and spread because it promoted social bonding, as has been argued by some anthropologists (Image is prehistoric rock painting from south of Spain).

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Does Belief in a "Higher Power" Make People Happier? A Galaxy Classic

Clouds Researchers accidentally discovered that people with religious beliefs tend to be more content in life while studying an unrelated topic. While not the original objective, the recent European study found that religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a loved one or getting laid off of a job.

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Is the Human Brain a "Belief Engine"?

Religion_2 Lewis Wolpert believes that mankind's "incorrigible and wholly irrational" religiosity is as human, and as explicable, as the flint axe and the computer. It is a tool for the soul.

Religion and belief in a supernatural being is a natural consequence of how we are wired as human beings: our brains evolved to become "belief engines." And for that reason, we should not accept that our beliefs, particularly our religious beliefs, are correct.

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Did the Evolution of Human Imagination Lead to Belief in Gods?

6a00d8341bf7f753ef01156fbe9adf970c-500wi French-British anthropologist, Maurice Bloch, of the London School of Economics believes that humans alone practice religion because they're the only creatures to have evolved imagination. The development of imagination occurred at the time of the Upper Palaeolithic 'revolution' 40-50,000 years ago. Bloch challenges the popular notion that religion evolved and spread because it promoted social bonding, as has been argued by some anthropologists (Image is prehistoric rock painting from south of Spain).

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Does Religion Make People Happier? Scientists Search to Explain Why People Believe in a God

Shutterstock_3010157_2Researchers accidentally discovered that people with religious beliefs tend to be more content in life while studying an unrelated topic. While not the original objective, the recent European study found that religious people are better able to cope with shocks such as losing a loved one or getting laid off of a job.

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Richard Dawkins & the Big Questions

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins tours the Natural History Museum at Oxford University and asks and answers some of the big questions about our existence on Planet Earth. A key focus is the impact of Darwin and "The Origin of the Species" on modern thought. A tour de force-don't miss this!

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Religion -Is the Human Brain a "Belief Engine"?

Religion_2 Lewis Wolpert believes that mankind's "incorrigible and wholly irrational" religiosity is as human, and as explicable, as the flint axe and the computer. It is a tool for the soul.

Religion and belief in a supernatural being is a natural consequence of how we are wired as human beings: our brains evolved to become "belief engines." And for that reason, we should not accept that our beliefs, particularly our religious beliefs, are correct.

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Ancient 'Dead Sea' Stone Tablet Predates & Might Rewrite the Bible

Img17_2 A three-foot-tall tablet with 87 lines of Hebrew found near the Dead Sea in Jordan that scholars believe dates from the decades just before the birth of Jesus is raising eyebrows in biblical and archaeological circles, especially because it is believed to speak of a messiah called Simon who will rise from the dead after three days, suggesting that the story of Christ's death and resurrection was not unique but part of a recognized Jewish tradition at the time.

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Google Video's Presentation of Geert Wilder's "Fitna" -the Clash of Civilizations or Moral Revolution?

Osama_bin_ladenFitna is an '08 short documentary by Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders, which explores Qur'anic foundations for terrorism, Islamic universalism, and Islam in the Netherlands. The film's title comes from the Arabic word fitna, used to describe "disagreement and division among people", or a "test of faith in times of trial."

Author Robert Wright gives a brilliant video talk of "grim inspiration" about history's arrow - progress in the modern world toward moral truth and the unfolding apocalypse known as the "Clash of Civilization" between Islam and the West and the possible death-spiral of negativity which is so profoundly and disturbingly framed in Geert Wilder's anti-Islam documentary (video below).

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