Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | October 1, 2009

Religion results from evolution

Ars Technica reports that due to “growing sophistication of brain-scanning techniques,” scientists have dismissed a hypothesis that the brain contains a “God-spot” that’s receptive to mystical experiences; instead, current evidence points to this theory:

… religious belief may have arisen as a natural extension of evolutionary advances in social cognition and behavior. Over time, the changes in brain volume that enabled humans to show empathy towards others may have also made it possible for some to develop intimate personal relationships with a supernatural entity, thus laying the foundation for the emergence of religion.

That’s sure to enrage religious folks who don’t believe in the fact of evolution, and we’ve got lots of those in the US.


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