New Scientist has an article on how our brains create God. It points out that while most organizations collapsed during the Great Depression, “the strictest, most authoritarian churches saw a surge in attendance.” People’s lives were a mess and they desperately wanted someone to tell them how to fix it.
Unfortunately, we’ll probably see the same through this recession as well. The article says:
It turns out that human beings have a natural inclination for religious belief, especially during hard times. Our brains effortlessly conjure up an imaginary world of spirits, gods and monsters, and the more insecure we feel, the harder it is to resist the pull of this supernatural world. It seems that our minds are finely tuned to believe in gods.
That’s not surprising. Life is tough to deal with, especially when you don’t understand what in the world is going on. Without science, you have to make crap up to deal with life.
Anyway, the article goes on to talk about how our brains conjure up deities and spirits to deal with our problems. Sounds about right.
Do you think that will ever change?