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Subject: Re: Ashes to ashes, ... Date: 7/14/2014 4:51 PM
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Oh, oh, the hyperbole. A near universal belief in an intelligent creator?

Good point. Bad writing on my part. What I meant to say, and with which you still might disagree, is that creation myths are found in virtually every culture and the great majority of these involve a sentient creator(s). There are certainly schools of thought that reject that notion, but for those earliest of cultures for which we have some detailed knowledge (Sumerians, Babylonian, Egyptians, etc.) creation was an act of sentient beings. Eastern cultures are a bit different as their tendency is more pantheistic, the universe is part of the sentient god(s). But the world still can be seen as a consequence of sentience.

Human have anthropomorphized everything they encountered since the earliest myths and legends left to us in an attempt to help us better understand all things non human.

One can certainly rationalize it that way, but the larger point is that there doesn't seem to be any obvious reason why the brain should be wired like that. One might naively think that neuronal connections that lead to conclusions at odds with reality would be unfavorable and strongly selected against.
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