We believe

Dunbar, Robin
January 2006
New Scientist;1/28/2006, Vol. 189 Issue 2536, p28
The article focuses on the growing interest of biologists in religion. It is not clear what has triggered the interest, but a significant factor has probably been the growing recognition that religion is a real evolutionary puzzle. Perhaps the biggest stumbling block for evolutionary biologists has been recognizing that religion might have a functional advantage. Evolutionary biologists have identified at least four ways in which religion might be of benefit in terms of evolutionary fitness. The first is to give sufficient explanatory structure to the universe to allow people to control it, perhaps through the intercession of a spirit world.


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