Book Review – ‘The Faith Instinct – How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures,’ by Nicholas Wade – Review

THE FAITH INSTINCT

How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

By Nicholas Wade

310 pp. The Penguin Press. $25.95

In any case, Wade says, religion is not going away, because it’s imprinted on the human genome.

A version of this article appeared in print on December 27, 2009, on page BR16 of the New York edition.

Read the rest via nytimes.com

Very interesting.

3 thoughts on “Book Review – ‘The Faith Instinct – How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures,’ by Nicholas Wade – Review

  1. i’ll be on the look out for that. i’m into the evolution of god by robert wright which argues the case along similar lines, but from a more anthropological direction.

  2. Religion, Virtual RealityA. From “Book Review: The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved & Why It Endures by Nicholas Wade”http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/54387/title/Book_Review_The_Faith_Instinct_How_Religion_Evolved_%2Bamp%3B_Why_It_Endures_by_Nicholas_WadeReview by Bruce BowerWade, a science journalist, grounds his ideas on two controversial assumptions: that natural selection acts on groups, not just individuals, and that genes can provide the basis for faith.B. “Life And Culture Are Virtual Realities”http://www.articlesbase.com/science-articles/life-and-culture-are-virtual-realities-794583.html”Religion Is But A Legitimate Virtual Reality Tool”http://www.sciencenews.org/index/generic/activity/view/id/39622/title/Book_Review__Superstition_Belief_in_the_Age_of_Science_by_Robert_L._ParkC. Natural selection? Genes ‘provide basis for faith’?Natural selection is the mistermed natural survival, which – in life – is survival of Earth’s biosphere and – within it – survival of its primal life organisms, the genes and – within genes – survival of specific genes cooperatives, genomes, which are the cores of mass formats we call cellular organisms. Thus as stated above (A) natural survival is indeed definitely about groups, not ‘just’ about individuals.And since genes are organisms, Earth’s primal organisms, they can be manipulated and are indeed manipulated Pavlovwise. In other words, genes can be made to and are in fact made to be effected to function by virtual reality mechanism. In this sense, only in this sense, genes can be conscripted to contribute to matters of faith. After all Life And Culture Are Virtual Realities and Religion Is A Legitimate Virtual Reality Tool.Dov Henis(Comments From The 22nd Century)”Cosmic Evolution Simplified”http://www.the-scientist.com/community/posts/list/240/122.page#4427

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