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Religious and Scientific Belief

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Having causal beliefs makes us human and different from all other animals. Children have such beliefs from a very early age. This evolved from tool-making, and technology has driven human evolution. Causal beliefs gave rise to religion and belief in the paranormal, as we cannot tolerate not knowing the causes of events that affect our lives, particularly in relation to health. The evidence for many of our beliefs is often very poor, and mental illness can provide useful insights. By contrast, scientific beliefs are the most reliable.

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