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Are we genetically connected to God?

Scientists are trying to find out if there is an evolutionary explanation for why our brains are receptive to religious experiences.

It is possible that our brains needed a way to explain the world around us, so it developed a belief system that could serve as a place where we could turn when we had questions.

But now that there are more scientific methods for explaining what is happened in the world, it seems reasonable to think that religions would die out. While atheists may think that is true, there are some evolutionary biologists who argue there are important individual and collective benefits to have a mind that is hardwired for religion.

When people believe that someone bigger than themselves is watching, they make drink less or engage less in other dangerous behaviors.

Those who are involved in religious communes also have been shown to be altruistic and cooperative, sharing their resources to promote the survival of the group, because of their shared beliefs.

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