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Old 06-20-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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“The Bonobo and the Atheist” is an illuminating journey into the very beginnings of morality. It is highly unlikely that those who profess a religion loudly would be caught with any book with the word “atheist” in its title. And that would be a shame, because de Waal’s book, more than many atheist diatribes, is reaching for something more profound. Although he insists that religion grew out of the seeds of morality, he also acknowledges that all human cultures exhibit this trait for some reason. And that reason may be that religion actually does aid in an individual’s and a group’s desire for order, fairness, cooperation and altruism. This atheist seems to be saying that religion, but more broadly morality, is essential to our survival as a species, because we would not have evolved to have it if it wasn’t.
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“The Bonobo and the Atheist” is an illuminating journey into the very beginnings of morality. It is highly unlikely that those who profess a religion loudly would be caught with any book with the word “atheist” in its title. And that would be a shame, because de Waal’s book, more than many atheist diatribes, is reaching for something more profound. Although he insists that religion grew out of the seeds of morality, he also acknowledges that all human cultures exhibit this trait for some reason. And that reason may be that religion actually does aid in an individual’s and a group’s desire for order, fairness, cooperation and altruism. This atheist seems to be saying that religion, but more broadly morality, is essential to our survival as a species, because we would not have evolved to have it if it wasn’t.
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Every quality of every living thing is a product of evolution.
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Every quality of every living thing is a product of evolution.
Except Gingers, they're the devil's work.
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I can't comment too thoroughly because I just ordered the book from the library. This isn't the first time I've heard the idea suggested. Because we are social beings, morality and fairness are critical elements of our survival. When the tribes got too big, a higher power had to be created to enforce the rules of societal ethics. Maybe this helps explain why, when people become rich and powerful, many of them feel that they no longer have to abide by societal norms? They no longer need the social unit for their survival, so what the hell?
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Evolution is a religion in and of itself...
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You might want to check out Dr Rick Strassman's book about DMT, the Spirit Molecule.

IMO he did some fine research, though we are a long long way from answering the deep questions.

Start with my review of Strassman's book at Amazon. MHG

http://www.amazon.com/DMT-Molecule-R...rick+strassman
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You might want to check out Dr Rick Strassman's book about DMT, the Spirit Molecule.
Not only are you a scumbag corpse-robber, you're a 1st-class New-Age-y dickhead.

What is the soul made of?
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