Why Humans believe in God?


Belief in supernatural forces is a side effect of development of Brain in humans. That is why other animals do not have such beliefs.

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11 thoughts on “Why Humans believe in God?

    • No, it does not mean that. It means only human brains have such ability of imagining unseen and unheard of forces controlling their lives. Thus God was created in our Brains. It came about because of mis firing of neurones, Neural circuit which evolved for the purpose of abstract thinking started mis firing and created the imagination of God.

      • As a believer, this gives me further proof that our brains are wired to seek God.. else why should a few misfired neurones do nothing else but search for its creator 🙂

      • These neurons evolved to help us think in abstract terms. Members of the species who developed this could survive more and was able to transfer it to their off springs. But in many people it also helped in making them believe in super natural forces. It was a sid effect of evolution. -:) How do u put those faces in comments?

    • No it is not natural. Humans are not born with such beliefs. But only Human Brain among all animals can create an imaginary force for which there is no evidence in front of them. Misfiring of neurones originally intended for some thing else may be the reason,

  1. Humans have the inherent need for community and the need to categorize everything for easy memory and simple life. Our community need grew from the ages when we hunting was done in packs and it provided security. As community grew, there was need to define mine and others.
    I feel animals have a much simpler way of living – living in the present. I dont think they plan too much ahead in time. Whatever happens, happens. But we need a reason and hence there is god.
    Now we as human are desperately trying to “think in the present” through meditation and other techniques. 🙂

  2. Our brains evolved naturally, evolution means that those properties that tend to make you more likely to stay alive will over generations tend to be strengthened. We have a built-in agency-detection-device, that is, when something happens we like to figure out *why* someone would do that. It’s useful for survival: “he is lifting his spear – he intends to attack me”, or “I heard a branch crack, there’s a predator nearby.”

    But this agency-detection is hypersensitive, it frequently finds “meaning” even where there are none. Which makes sense: perhaps the wind made the branch crack, but thinking there’s a predator when there actually isn’t, is fairly harmless. (not so for the reverse mistake) This is well demonstrated: present humans with random happenings and ask them to find the pattern, and they will find patterns, despite the fact that none really exist.

    This non-existant pattern is then strengthened by the placebo-effect. Do something that doesn’t actually help, but which you *believe* helps, and you’ll actually feel better. This is well-demonstrated. Give people sugar-pills and tell them it’ll make headache go away, and people will indeed report feeling better. Praying “works” by the same mechanism.

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