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Monday, January 02, 2006

Evolutionblog: Bloom in The Atlantic "Is God an Accident."

The December issue of The Atlantic has a lengthy article called ?Is God an Accident.? Its author is Paul Bloom, a professor of psychology and linguistics at Yale. The article is only available online to subscribers, so I will have to make do with transcribing some representative quotations.
Bloom begins by describing the inadequacies of some older attempts to explain religion. In particular he considers Marx's idea that religion is an opiate that makes it easier to deal with the unpleasantness of daily life, and the idea that religion promotes social cohesiveness which in turn is favored by natural selection. He then describes his main premise:
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