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God Is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human
"And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die." The biblical story of the flood crystalizes--in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity--the universally recognized concept of divine punishment. For millennia human civilizations have relie ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 2nd 2015 by Oxford University Press
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There is a saying that “there are no atheists in foxholes.” This expression refers to the notion that, given the right dire circumstances, everyone believes in religion or Gods. The startling event of being entrenched in a hole, with bullets whizzing overhead, armed shadowed figures in the night, rapidly approaching, may galvanize the mind to revert to subconscious thought. In these mostly inaccessible regions of the brain, some believe that the process of evolution, or religious doctrine, have ...more
This book was a great read. It filled so many "holes" in my understanding of how it has come to the fact that we are so inclined to believe in the supernatural. Superbly logical and consistent arguments based on evolutionary biology as well as mathemathical models. One who has a knack for logic and science will find this book mesmerising.
Dominic Johnson's 2016 book "God is Watching You" is about the power religion holds in the shaping of society based on dictates about sin and supernatural punishment. According to Johnson, these dictates influence evolutionary theories of natural cultural selection and social cooperation. His book is well referenced and captivated my interest. The writing gave me a refreshing perspective on my personal history and on current world affairs.
“The prisoner’s dilemma may seem to represent a rather specific and unusual scenario, but in fact it shows up all over the place in human and animal life. It turns out, for example, to underlie arms races in international relations, inaction on climate change, obstacles to trade, and even natural phenomena such as why trees grow so tall—giant redwoods could save terrific resources by only growing to, say, 50 feet (they usually grow to over 200), but in the competition for light, whoever grows that bit taller at the expense of the others will do better. In”More quotes…