Did Religion Have an Evolutionary Value?

Even Dawkins sees some value in religion, just not in the present. ScienceBlogs reports:

Richard Dawkins argues that humanity’s historical predisposition towards religion and supernatural beliefs may have held an evolutionary utility. “The rule of thumb: ‘Believe whatever your parents tell you,’ quite clearly could have survival value,” says Dawkins.

7 Comments on "Did Religion Have an Evolutionary Value?"

  1. connie dobbs | May 10, 2010 at 2:23 pm |

    Yes. Sky Cake!

    • Tuna Ghost | May 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm |

      I have no idea if Oswalt actually believes his Sky Cake routine, but I hear it as an explanation for religion in society often enough that I may have caused irreparable damage to my teeth from grinding them.

  2. tonyviner | May 10, 2010 at 3:01 pm |

    I still can't believe he had sex with Mr. Garrison.

  3. Iamaguest | May 11, 2010 at 7:20 am |

    I don’t care if It’s a byproduct of evolution or not, there’s no excuse for believing in this kind of irrational religious bullshit…now if you’ll excuse me I have to go draw some sigils…I’m planning on contacting an alien race who I’m hoping will tell me who’s really behind the new world order…

  4. Iamaguest | May 11, 2010 at 2:20 am |

    I don't care if It's a byproduct of evolution or not, there's no excuse for believing in this kind of irrational religious bullshit…now if you'll excuse me I have to go draw some sigils…I'm planning on contacting an alien race who I'm hoping will tell me who's really behind the new world order…

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