Thursday, November 30, 2006

Religion: In 50 years

In one evolutionary biologist's opinion: Religion in 50 years:

“Third, evolutionary moral psychology will reveal the social conditions under which human moral virtues flourish. The US will follow the UK in realizing that religion is not a prerequisite for ordinary human decency.

“Thus, science will kill religion - not by reason challenging faith, but by offering a more practical, universal and rewarding moral framework for human interaction.

“A naturalistic moral philosophy will replace the rotting fictions of theological ethics. In these three ways, applied evolutionary psychology will help Enlightenment humanism fulfill its long-stalled potential to make us all brighter, wiser, happier and kinder.”

18 November 2006
New Scientist

Geoffrey Miller

From EDGE: "GEOFFREY MILLER is Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic Learning and Social Evolution, University College London. He is a widely respected evolutionary psychologist, whose work (research focusing on evolutionary psychology and sexual selection) is in the tradition of scientists such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, and Steven Pinker. He is the author of The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped Human Nature.”


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