A comment from an internet discussion board somewhere

November 23, 2018

There is a theory of life that states that all living things – from bacteria to countries – work to minimize the difference between their expectations and the data they collect.

There are many ways to do that, from simply ignoring contradictory data to actively seeking it in order to refine your models, and from accepting deltas as predictive failures to working to make predictions retroactively come to pass.

These different approaches compete. Failure to resolve discrepancies between expectations & measurements can result in physical or mental destruction, while winning strategies allow for more and more complex cells, organisms, and societies to form.

The success of religion can be viewed in this context. As a concept, "God did it" resolves any cognitive dissonance without requiring any action or change. Everything can be neatly and fully explained, regardless of circumstance or intellect.

That can have tremendous value as a failsafe. When confronted by the unthinkable, instead of falling into mental illness or mass hysteria one can say "God did it" and get on with things.

Of course, this has to be paired with continual improvement to predictive power or the failsafe becomes the norm, and the organism becomes a dead end.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZ2L-R8NgrA


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https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/28/opinions/mike-pence-plan-to-outlast-trump-dantonio-eisner/index.html

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“But the more they resort to strict authoritarianism, insularity and strict interpretation of Iron Age texts, the more people are wounded in the name of God and the more people are outraged. By making Christian belief an all-or-nothing proposition – they force at least some would-be believers to choose ’nothing.’”
https://www.rawstory.com/2017/12/here-are-8-ways-the-religious-right-wins-converts-to-atheism


Warning label

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