Saturday, November 15, 2008

Religion, Altruism and Evolution

I had tried to avoid watching the most recent scuffle in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher between the Greeks and the Armenians. I had to watch it though, when a friend pointed out how the church battle just goes to show that, as Biologist E.O. Wilson points out, Religion follows the laws of Evolution, too:

"There is a principle in ecology, Gause's law, which states that maximum competition is to be found between those species with identical needs. In a similar manner, the one form of altruism that religions seldom display is tolerance of other religions."
Wilson, 1978

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