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The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life (edition 2010)
by Jesse Bering
The Belief Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny, and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering
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"Is God a human instinct? It is instinctive for us to seek a grand, moralistic mind that is not there. God is the default stance. And as I describe in The God Instinct, the illusion of God solved a very specific evolutionary problem for our ancestors ? that of reputation-harming (and thus gene-compromising) gossip. By inhibiting selfish behaviours that they feared would be punished by supernatural agents, our ancestors would have promoted their prosocial reputations among actual people. But unlike any previous generation, we are now in a position to correct that wayward stance through an informed understanding of why we sense a mental presence that never was" -- author, www.guardian.co.uk
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