[quote author=“vvanicek”]There has been mention recently of a so-called “God” gene (was it on Newsweek magazine?). Where are the genes for intelligence when we need them!
I haven’t seen the Newsweek piece, but I’ve seen an evolutionary explanation for religion somewhere that went like this:
Humans evolve a brain that enables them to see beyond the current moment.
While this feature is quite useful for survival, it also creates anxiety about the future (e.g., what will happen when I die?).
The solution: a gene that makes humans susceptible to religious beliefs; this ameliorates the future-anxiety and allows humans to get on with the (evolutionarily) important stuff, i.e., reproducing and spreading their genetic material.