“If people literally applied counterfactual religious principles and prescriptions to factual navigation of everyday environments they would likely be either dead or in the afterlife in very short order—probably in too short an order for individuals to reproduce and the species to survive. Imagine that you could suspend the known physical and biological laws of the universe with a prayer (or, for those who are less institutionalized, by crossing your fingers). The trick is in knowing how and when to suspend factual belief without countermanding the facts and compromising survival. But why take the risk of neglecting the facts at all, even in exceptional circumstances? As”


Scott Atran, In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Evolution and Cognition Series) In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran
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