Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Why religion?

I always wondered about how religion started. I am currently of the opinion that the most important factor was the human tendency for having as much control as possible (evolutionarily a very positive behaviour), and where impossible, invent a semblance of control (as in praying to a god). It’s obvious that religion provides numerous other benefits too. This article postulates that religion promotes cooperation, which would certainly provide a huge evolutionary benefit. Maybe there is a gene for faith? If there is, I certainly do not have it…

Here is the article:

http://www.nature.com/news/2007/070723/full/070723-6.html

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July 31, 2007 Posted by | behaviour, economics, religion | 1 Comment

More on Middle Class

More on the same subject, including a description of the “Mohamed Atta phenomenon”:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070727.wdougmiddle0727/BNStory/International/?query=

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July 31, 2007 Posted by | economics | Leave a comment

Middle class

The following two articles are about the ‘global middle class’, which seems to be quite different to what we North Americans consider middle class — makes me appreciate even more how lucky I am living in a comparative paradise of Canada. And makes me wonder if we are going to be able to keep this standard of living in the long term.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070724.wmiddleclassside0724/BNStory/International/

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20070720.wmiddleclass0920/BNStory/International/?query=

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July 31, 2007 Posted by | economics | Leave a comment