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AtheistEgbert's Avatar Jump to comment 14 by AtheistEgbert

It is a mistake to think that all human behaviour must be driven by evolutionary or genetic factors. It is simply mathematics that a group will probably do better than an individual when it comes to survival, you don't need genes for that.

It is also a mistake to think that morality means being unselfish. A suicide bomber unselfishly blows themselves up for the group and kills another group. Is that moral? No. The very opposite.

However, group mentality does explain religion very well. People do lose their sense of identity when in a group, and it is this fragile sense of identity that explains why people do evil things for the group.

Of course there are individualistic forms of evil too; there are many evils, but group mentality gives rise to the worst evils of all.

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 11:31:43 UTC | #928906