Quick Thought: The Evolution of Religion?

Religion is like many other quack beliefs except that there was a random mutation that allowed it to spread and become dominant in the population. These mutations allowed for indoctrination, proselytizing, promises of eternal bliss, threats of eternal torment, group think, indoctrination (oh, did I say that already?), and many other techniques that lead to a resounding success.

However, religion has met it's superior. Critical thinking. Science. Skepticism. These are techniques, borne out of random mutations, that will displace religion and dominate the population. Why? Because they exceed religion in every way. They work, improve our lives, solve problems, empower us, they work (oh, did I say that already?).

I wish I could see the day that religion is looked upon by most humans as the silly superstition that it is. I won't see that day in my lifetime. But I can help further this dream towards fruition in hopes that humans won't have to endure religion's shackles longer than it needs to. It's been long enough.

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Comment by Prazzie on September 26, 2009 at 9:40am
Hear hear!
Comment by Doug Reardon on September 26, 2009 at 12:44pm
If religion doesn't destroy us all, before that can come to pass.
Comment by Reggie on September 26, 2009 at 1:56pm
True.
Comment by Atheist Exile on September 27, 2009 at 6:42am
I think humanity needs to evolve more before religion can fade away. Despite a century of dizzying technological advancements, the U.S is as religious as ever; perhaps more so.

Over half the world's population claims to believe in one of the Abrahamic religions. There's billions more who believe in some other religion.

To most atheists, critical thinking is a skill they passionately cultivate. Unfortunately, being an atheist doesn't automatically mean one is a critical thinker. Conversely, being a faithful believer doesn't mean one can't think critically (except when it comes to one's own religion) . . . though that does normally seem to be the case.

Though I'm not sure what it is, there's a certain level of intelligence necessary for truly critical thinking. When you plot out the IQs of the general population, you end up with a symmetrical bell curve. Half the population has an average IQ or better, while half has an average IQ or worse. This is why I think humans need to evolve more -- half the world is on the uphill slope (below average) of the IQ curve. I doubt they're ready for critical thinking.
Comment by Reggie on September 27, 2009 at 10:01am
To most atheists, critical thinking is a skill they passionately cultivate. Unfortunately, being an atheist doesn't automatically mean one is a critical thinker. Conversely, being a faithful believer doesn't mean one can't think critically (except when it comes to one's own religion) . . . though that does normally seem to be the case.

Yep, yep, yep!

There is that prevailing attitude that is deeply ingrained in American culture that it is disrespectful to examine religion critically. Many people have the ability to do it, but from a young age they have been trained not to.

A co-worker just the other day was telling me about how his young nephew was kicked out of his Catholic school for asking questions. The school was unable to stifle his curiosity and he challenged them and the other children on the lame and impotent religious claims. This natural freethinker was upsetting the unnatural order of things in the school so they kicked him out.

That is one of the major hurdles atheists must overcome in the U.S. is this "pedestal effect" that religion enjoys. Most people have put religion on a pedestal even if they are not fervent believers, some are even agnostic, yet they are impelled because of their upbringing to respect the religion. It even extends to other religions to some degree. The "pedestal effect" is taken from the deeply philosophical film The 40 Year Old Virgin in regards to a certain female body part. ;)

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