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ccw95005's Avatar Jump to comment 5 by ccw95005

I think another factor that makes people who have the intelligence to figure that God is unlikely, fail to do so, is that evolution found no utility, in terms of promoting survival, in abstract logical ability. The capacity for using logic to solve practical, everyday problems - that we have. Evolution gave us good problem-solving ability, for obvious reasons. We're good at inventing ways to get food, or to solve problems that crop up at work, for example. But we're terrible, on average, at reflective thinking when the subject is not of immediate practical use. In those areas - religion, politics, metaphysics - we're as likely to accept what we're told by others as we are to think things through ourselves. Evolution may have determined that groupthink was better for survival purposes than the ability to use logic on abstract questions.

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 05:30:24 UTC | #948432