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    the evolutionary advantage of religion

    I'm not trying to rekindle any religion or evolution debates, but the Proceedings of the Royal Society (UK) has published an article touting the evolutionary advantage of religion. I haven't read it yet, but is that ironic or what?
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    Yup it is a nice irony!

    I saw a report once that said god exists because more people believe in god than don't... That guy wrote a book but I forget what it was called exactly, "The God Equation" or something similar.

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    LOL! I can't see how that would be beneficial at all. Not only has it collectively killed a bunch of people, but its leaders always seem to be safe, and they are usually the dumbest ones. I guess the Royal Society is attempting to prove blindly believing fairy tales confers some sort of advantage on humans?
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    I haven't read it yet, but it apparently has to do with religious factions dividing a population into groups and making the overall population more resilient against infectious disease. There has to be more to it than that, but I only skimmed the abstract last night and will read the article in the next few days.
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    fairy tales indeed........... LOL!

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    Definitely lol. People that think we evolved straight from monkeys have no understanding of the concept of evolution, and thus aren't qualified to pass judgment on it at all.
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    And where can one find a copy of this article? Seeing as it is not listed on PubMed??
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    Quote Originally Posted by phissionkorps View Post
    LOL! I can't see how that would be beneficial at all. Not only has it collectively killed a bunch of people, but its leaders always seem to be safe, and they are usually the dumbest ones. I guess the Royal Society is attempting to prove blindly believing fairy tales confers some sort of advantage on humans?

    this could be copied and placed smack in the middle of a discussion on politics and fit perfectly.

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