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Subject: Re: Ashes to ashes, ... Date: 7/15/2014 1:15 PM
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Again apologize for being dense. What biased thought was occurring during the last 6 million years?

er...the one where we observe something foreign and alien and unbiasedly and with open mind try to figure it out, and not anthropomorphize it.

My claim is that as far back as we can see with any confidence, the great majority of human cultures had creation myths involving sentient creators.

Many human cultures have creation myths of Earth, not the universe. Many creation myths involve the gods springing forth after the heavens had already formed, then creating Earth. Many of these creators are animals, multiple gods, or simply horrifying personifications of chaos and the great void. Most of human history has not been governed by western religious beliefs

You are the one suggesting that anthropomorphizing nature was once a good thing to do even though it provides an inaccurate description of nature. That seems a bit tough to defend.

Never said it was either good or bad, just pointed out that we are wired to do it.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2010/03/01/why-do-we-anthropomo...

Neuroscience research has shown that similar brain regions are involved when we think about the behavior of both humans and of nonhuman entities, suggesting that anthropomorphism may be using similar processes as those used for thinking about other people.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-and-the-poetic-min...

Explaining why it actually is a useful tool in understanding animal behavior, a key survival tool for both hunting and domesticating animals.

http://psychology.uchicago.edu/people/faculty/cacioppo/jtcre...

Explaining why we do it from a psychological standpoint:

focused on three psychological determinants—the accessibility
and applicability of anthropocentric knowledge (elicited agent knowledge), the motivation to explain and
understand the behavior of other agents (effectance motivation), and the desire for social contact and
affiliation (sociality motivation). This theory predicts that people are more likely to anthropomorphize
when anthropocentric knowledge is accessible and applicable, when motivated to be effective social
agents, and when lacking a sense of social connection to other humans.
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