Almost all highly evolved species have senses designed to observe the environment for possible danger or opportunity from other “beings” being present.
Yes! That makes me think of an article I found from an old issue of Skeptical Inquirer on how this mechanism is, as you were hinting, linked to our survival. In fact, the belief in supernatural can be part of the survival mechanism. Any attack on their belief is considered a threat to their worldview (life after death for example) thus any evidence, or even any mention to the contrary, usually will put them on the defensive and discard any evidence or rational argument. …Which is “Why Bad Beliefs Don’t Die” (Eureka! Just remembered the name of the article). It was one of the most interesting articles I had read when I first became interested in science at the time since I had continuously witnessed the resilience of beliefs.
Actually I was too busy in my thoughts that I forgot to put in the actual word that would specify what I was asking. Here is the corrected phrase. Sorry I was going too fast for my own good. Being here is the first time I get to ask these questions to people who’ve been on these topics much longer than I have. Also I have yet to dive into philosophical literature (I’m young, addicted to reading but I’ve only been able to read so much so far :)), so it takes me a while to get them to come out right.
From my post, #93. I put the forgotten word in italic.
Wouldn’t it be fascinating instead that one of our first “boosts” in intellectual capabilities, the first of our thought processes to develop after we branched off in our own evolutionary direction, was to start off by developing the concept of supernatural causality?
If you read everything in this new light, it kind of changes the meaning of my final question in that same paragraph, as it was originally intended. That’s why your reply confused me a bit (but again spot on to what I asked). Although, now that I think about it, in the end, your answer still could make sense. It’s just that I figured since the origin of the storm could not be produced by any being the chimp knew of already, that a being “throwing” hundreds of objects everywhere would be too complex for him to imagine, in the end making a supernatural cause too overwhelming for his imagination to produce, that it might have originated only from ourselves once our minds had become more complex. But maybe chimps can think of such things?
We have refined thinking in abstract terms very highly.
I guess the bad part is that, as interesting as these ideas may be, we have also refined accepting abstract terms and putting a big “Credible” stamp on some them.
If this also god, god is dual in nature and has attained a Supernatural “zero state perfection”.
I will have to learn more about this Supernatural “zero state perfection”. I’m not familiar with it. Do you mean that it explains both everything and nothing at the same time? O.o
Aaah, I understand what you mean now. But I still see it the same way. If you replace the word confidence in this phrase with the word faith, don’t you think it is more accurate? Allow me to modify your own phrase :)
Assuming facts objectively contradict the fiction, seems to take faith to ignore the facts while proclaiming contrary claims.
If it takes confidence to HAVE faith, then it seems to me that the person already doubts such things anyways and should stop trying so hard. Might have to ask a religious person on that one.