Jewish Journal


May 7, 2008

Religion as a figment of human imagination?


Ever wondered why animals don’t practice religion? It’s a fair question, especially when considering the multitude of beliefs humans have held. The answer, according to economist Maurice Bloch is that animals didn’t evolve the proper mechanics to imagine a universal order.

That leaves hanging a really strange chicken-and-egg question about creation and evolution, but it’s worth reading Bloch’s essay, published here in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B and discussed in this article on NewScientist.com. As you may have surmised from Bloch’s background, his article is based more conjecture than lab work:

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