Re: [xmca] Evolution of Religion

From: deborah downing-wilson (ddowningw@gmail.com)
Date: Sun Mar 04 2007 - 14:08:32 PST


Interesting that the article didn't mention Pierre Tielhard de Chardin - who
started from the premise that all we've evolved to be bears a relationship
of fit with the world around us and argued that we are evolving toward a
better fit with God. He sees our hunger for answers and our capacity
for abstract, rational thought as evidence of a universal intelligence, the
inclination toward believing in things we can't see as evidence of a
spiritual world, altruism as us coming to a better fit with a benevolent
presence...and so forth. He predicted the Internet long before computers
(the noosphere) Very strange and interesting French priest - black listed
by the pope....

But what I really am writing about - I noticed that one of these links is
the trailer for the film "The Namesake" and the cinema society is having a
preshowing on Tuesday evening at the LaJolla AMC- Pen will be out of town -
would you and Sheila like to go with me?

deb

On 3/4/07, Mike Cole <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Hi All--
> The following article should be retrievable from the NEW Times. It
> summarizes a good deal of recent research on theorizing
> about the foundations of religious beliefs in humans. Not a perfect
> summary,
> but pretty good for anyone who is unaware of this
> line of discussion.
> mike
> [image: The New York Times] <http://www.nytimes.com/> [image:
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> This]
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> http://www.nytimes.com/adx/bin/adx_click.html?type=goto&page=www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/magazine&pos=TopRight-EmailThis&camp=foxsearch2007-emailtools01b-nyt5-511276&ad=animate2_namesake88x31.gif&goto=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Efoxsearchlight%2Ecom%2Fthenamesake%2F
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> **
>
> * MAGAZINE * | March 4, 2007
> * Darwin's God
> <
> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/magazine/04evolution.t.html?ex=1173675600&en=622a31be04e37bea&ei=5070&emc=eta1
> >
> *
> By ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
> In the world of evolutionary biology, the question is not whether God
> exists but why we believe in him. Is belief a helpful adaptation or an
> evolutionary accident?
>
> [image: Most E-mailed]
> 1. Darwin's God<
> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/magazine/04evolution.t.html?ex=1173675600&en=622a31be04e37bea&ei=5070&emc=eta1
> >
> 2. Editorial: The Must-Do
> List<
> http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/opinion/04sun1.html?ex=1173675600&en=2d9b2d1aa40f8715&ei=5070&emc=eta1
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> 3. Patagonia in a New
> Light<
> http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/travel/04patagonia.html?ex=1173675600&en=461959f4cce31267&ei=5070&emc=eta1
> >
> 4. Swiss Accidentally Invade
> Liechtenstein<
> http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/world/AP-Mistaken-Invasion.html?ex=1173675600&en=2d9dc15f934e490e&ei=5070&emc=eta1
> >
> 5. &nbspOp-Ed Columnist: Neither Clinton, Nor
> Obama<http://select.nytimes.com/2007/03/04/opinion/04brooks.html?emc=eta1>
>
> Go to Complete List <http://www.nytimes.com/gst/mostemailed.html?type=1
> >
>
> Advertisement *The NAMESAKE*
> >From acclaimed director Mira Nair and based on the best-selling novel,
> THE
> NAMESAKE is a universal, multi-generational love story. In select theatres
> March 9.
> Click here to watch
> trailer<
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Deborah Downing Wilson
Laboratory for Comparative Human Cognition
University of California San Diego
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