Religion is a product of evolution, software suggests

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God may work in mysterious ways, but a simple computer program may explain how religion evolved

By distilling religious belief into a genetic predisposition to pass along unverifiable information, the program predicts that religion will flourish. However, religion only takes hold if non-believers help believers out – perhaps because they are impressed by their devotion.

"If a person is willing to sacrifice for an abstract god then people feel like they are willing to sacrifice for the community," says James Dow, an evolutionary anthropologist at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, US, who wrote the program – called Evogod (download the code here). (CONTINUED)

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This is just nuts! It may be true that religion is a product of evolution, but it is not true that a computer program is going to explain how religion evolved. This only goes to show that whoever wrote the article doesn't understand how computer programs are written and how they work.

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