A Hygienic Model Of Religion

William H. MacNeill suggested long ago that avoidance taboos, such as the Indian caste system, originated when one group penetrated a new ecological niche that contained parasites to which it had no resistance. In the same spirit, Corey Fincher has recently hypothesised that religions are rational responses to the threat of disease. It was indeed found that the number of different religions in a given area was directly proportional to the overall disease burden. The same is true for languages. For this purpose, of course, just what is believed or spoken is of no interest, as long as the religious or language community thus created shuns the dangerous outsiders.

Posted on July 22, 2011 at 10:34 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE LONGEST CON, The Longest Con, Miscellaneous

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