Extending natural selection to a logical absurdity

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Article reads: “From an evolutionary perspective, superstitions seem maladaptive,” said Kevin Abbott, biologist at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and co-author with Thomas Sherratt of a recent study published in Animal Behaviour. The study suggests multiple reasons for such anomalies to exist: perhaps superstition is adaptive as a placebo, or for social bonding. Or maybe it really is maladaptive now, but is “the outcome of traits that were adaptive in ancestral environment; sort of like cognitive wisdom teeth,” said Abbott.

But if natual selection makes sense here, then natural selection can be used to explain everything independent of actual evidence. By the way, where is the gene for superstition?

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