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  •  The underlying assumption, (0+ / 0-)

    that it is preferable to have distinct, long-lasting groupings dividing humans, is one that should be questioned first, before any larger conclusions are drawn about the (to my mind highly dubious) assertion that religious groups last longer.

    "Last longer" is not necessarily a public good, nor is it at all clear that a long lasting belief group confers any kind of evolutionary advantage to its members.

    In fact, there is strong empirical evidence to the contrary. Multiple studies have shown consistent strong negative correlation between the levels of religiosity of a society and the well-being of its members, along a slew of measurements.

    Always make new mistakes - Esther Dyson

    by RandomActsOfReason on Sun Feb 14, 2010 at 04:13:31 PM PST

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