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Thread: Hard-Wired Belief in Immortality May Be the Root of Core Religious Beliefs

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    Not surprising. Confirmation, indeed.

    As I said previously, in the thread about religious belief and spirituality:

    Quote Originally Posted by Qre:us View Post
    The only universal contemplation older than the concept of "god" is around death and dying. Understanding the inevitable finality of death, of our existence, but not believing it, refusing to believe it. We sought immortality. Thus, god was born.
    When we understood the abstract concept of time, seeing "ourselves into the future", and took it to its logical conclusion, we came upon the finality of death. Then, fear took hold. Our solution: god.

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    Religions are so much more than just the idea of afterlife. Those ideas come from evolution and the connection that those ideas offer to our surroundings through our intuition(which has been really important back in the days). For example the idea of some demon who might appear from anywhere, but habits certain areas is a good way to keep your eyes open for lions or snakes and make the seemingly impossible possible. While if people would had been so concrete in their beliefs they might had made false assumptions about something that could had gotten them killed. Also religious ideas has binded people together in a clan. Belief for example(which some people still have) that eating your enemies brains will offer you the strength of that person, will increase belief in yourself and your own abilities and thus make you a better warrior. Strong belief that your witch doctor can heal you gives really strong placebo effect, which can be as powerful medication as todays scientific method with some illnesses. etc etc
    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
    — C.G. Jung


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