samskivert: The God Delusion (3)

01 April 2008

Dawkins was most interesting in this book when he was talking about biology and speculating about whether there are evolutionary reasons for humans to tend toward religious belief. Most of the rest was a bit long-winded. I am sympathetic to his message that society should acknowledge religion as a powerful tool for getting people to unthinkingly accept beliefs of any sort and its intrinsic danger. Perhaps there should be an international body akin to the IAEA to monitor the use of religion as a dangerous technology (and if that idea sounds absurd to you, I wonder if that is the religion meme protecting itself).

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