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.
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.