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Re: [bostonatheists] Atheism is on the rise on a global level

From: kenneth a. t.
Sent on: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 5:36 PM
Good reply Zac. Thanks.
Best regards Ken Thomas.

From: Zachary Bos <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, August 14,[masked]:48 AM
Subject: Re: [bostonatheists] Atheism is on the rise on a global level

To throw a skeptical wrench into the works, I can say that the theory of bicameral cognition propounded by Jaynes has been largely discredited by data gathered in linguistics, anthropology, and cognitive science over the last half-century... but, man, isn't it an interesting book? I see no reason to throw away the baby (the wealth of imaginative pondering in this and other speculative texts) with the bathwater (the poorly formed, half-baked, or just happened-to-have-been-wrong hypothesis which accompany the pondering). Stories have a value besides their being true.

- Z


I am also wondering why an explanation of the origins of religion would lean so hard on "disembodied voices" when we only see a very small minority of religious individuals believing in such things. If animism and pantheism predated the religions we are used to, this seems to be even less compatible with a voices in the head origin.

It seems to me that an over-active agency detector and a general credulity are far more likely culprits for the origin of religion.

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