Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Belief Instinct

"The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology."
E. O. Wilson

"And on the trillionth day, Man created Gods."
T.D. Pate

"I think that we reject the evidence that our world is changing because we are still, as that wonderfully wise biologist E.O. Wilson reminded us, tribal carnivores. We are programmed by our inheritance to see other living things as mainly something to eat, and we care more about our national tribe than anything else. We will even give our lives for it and are quite ready to kill other humans in the cruelest of ways for the good of our tribe. We still find alien the concept that we and the rest of life, from bacteria to whales, are parts of the much larger and diverse entity, the living Earth."
Dr. James Lovelock


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