God as Adaptive Illusion


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Book review reads: Bering doubts we’ll ever be fully rid of God.  He thinks “nature has played too good a trick on us” (201).  He’s not even sure it would be a good thing, all things considered, to overcome the God illusion.  So what’s the payoff of Bering’s own work then?  He suggests that it enables us to “distance ourselves from an adaptive system that was designed, ultimately, to keep us hobbled in fear.”

This is a book written to dumb the people down, and hobble them with the dictates of scientism. These self-lovers can find no other conclusion, even as they describe a reality with the same indifference as the hammer.

A hammer is a simple invention, even power hammers that are machines like the toaster. But to describe life as a machine that emerges from natural selection is to forget that life`s machines actually do feel. So show me a toaster that can feel itself baking bread? Otherwise, I won`t be impressed with mere hammers that are controlled by an outside agency.

On Suffering: The Nazis were good at cooking things too, and like today`s toasters they felt no pain. If only they could feel themselves baking Jews, but they were as the mere hammer too and forgot to take charge of their own agency. Pain informs, as does all feeling and emotion. Pain is to be healed, and mindfulness to extend itself over a wider perspective. With no suffering there would be no error recognition, and no agency to aline oneself to. Noted pathology is the result of not taking ownership of what is dearest to us; the bread that the toaster should love to cook.

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