Friday, January 23, 2009

Religion Is A Virus

In this article, Tufts University professor, Daniel Dennett, describes how religion is like a virus.

Key points:
  • Religious ideas survive and thrive using a process similar to natural selection
  • Religious tenets have been adopted to help ensure survival of the belief--such as: believing without proof (faith) is a virtue, humans shouldn't question God, etc.
  • Religion gives it's followers a powerful placebo effect
  • Atheists should not cater to, or tolerate religion.
  • Religion is on the way out.
I believe religion is indeed on the way out. The internet helps in this, as it enables truth and logic to expose the silliness and irrationality of ancient beliefs.

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