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BAMAPHIN 22
04-28-2008, 01:55 PM
Humans alone practice religion because they're the only creatures to have evolved imagination.

That's the argument of anthropologist Maurice Bloch of the London School of Economics. Bloch challenges the popular notion that religion evolved and spread because it promoted social bonding, as has been argued by some anthropologists.

Instead, he argues that first, we had to evolve the necessary brain architecture to imagine things and beings that don't physically exist, and the possibility that people somehow live on after they've died.

Once we'd done that, we had access to a form of social interaction unavailable to any other creatures on the planet. Uniquely, humans could use what Bloch calls the "transcendental social" to unify with groups, such as nations and clans, or even with imaginary groups such as the dead. The transcendental social also allows humans to follow the idealised codes of conduct associated with religion.

"What the transcendental social requires is the ability to live very largely in the imagination," Bloch writes.


http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=4740178&page=1

Tetragrammaton
04-28-2008, 03:19 PM
Indeed. He is preaching to the choir, though.

muscle979
04-28-2008, 05:16 PM
Sounds about right to me.

Joker2thief
04-29-2008, 11:40 AM
That is a nicer way to word it.

Miamian
04-29-2008, 11:58 AM
That's backwards reasoning. Religion can only exist because we can imagine it?

Dolphan7
04-29-2008, 12:43 PM
What a desperate attempt to deny God.

SpurzN703
04-29-2008, 01:57 PM
Who knows really? It's the biggest mystery there is. Always will be

Pagan
04-29-2008, 03:58 PM
Please try to stick to posting about the original thread topic, and not other posters comments. Thanks!


What a desperate attempt to deny God.
No more desperate than your attempts to prove him, brah. ;)

Eshlemon
04-29-2008, 05:06 PM
What a desperate attempt to deny God.

or Goddess if you're "Pagan".

Pagan
04-29-2008, 11:44 PM
Or Buddha...or Vishnu....or Allah...or....or....or...

WSE
05-01-2008, 02:07 AM
I wouldn't say organized religion is a figment of imagination

I would say its partly a tool to control people who cant/dont want to think for themselves, especially in its current state.

emeraldfin
05-02-2008, 08:33 AM
But if you imagine something does it not then become real?

Who are we to say what is real and not real?

aesop
05-02-2008, 01:39 PM
But if you imagine something does it not then become real?

Who are we to say what is real and not real?Too much Matrix, buddy.

ih8brady
05-02-2008, 04:45 PM
But if you imagine something does it not then become real?

Who are we to say what is real and not real?


So those "fantasies" I have about Brazilian supermodels are actually memories? Cool :wink::up::hi5:

Tetragrammaton
05-02-2008, 04:49 PM
But if you imagine something does it not then become real?

Who are we to say what is real and not real?

If something isn't real, it is _______ (imaginary)