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Comment 13 by Alan4discussion :

There is clearly survival potential for humans who can look at natural (or manufactured) objects, and see useful purposes for them.

Check out the work of psychologist Bruce Hood in his book Supersense, From Superstition to Religion - the Brain Science of Belief (2009). His thesis, which is not new, is that our intuition can't help but generate superstitious or supernatural explanations, because its part of our evolutionary or survival baggage.

So rationality and naturalistic explanations don't come naturally (ironically).

Mon, 02 Apr 2012 10:44:49 UTC | #931854