Ch1 L35: Beliefs – part IX (totems)

To pick up where we left off, our terrified primitive ancestors who were trying to understand their environment, concluded that natural disasters are indices [1] of nature’s anger which is caused by hunger. Thus it must be fed [2]. Since natural disasters happen once in a while, they thought that their solution worked which strengthened their belief in sacrificing. Unfortunately, […]

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Ch1 L34: Beliefs – part VIII (sacrifices II)

To resume the discussion about human sacrifice, we saw that it’s a rational decision by nature [1]. Thinking tells us to sacrifice short-term gains for long-term benefits [2]. So, our primitive ancestors killed one because they believed [3] that it would save many. We embarked on the journey to know how we’ve evolved to fight Death [4]. Then Homosapiens created […]

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Ch1 L31: Head Vs. Heart

In the last post, we studied the case that the tattoo of a tiger could make the primitive people believe that they possessed the tiger’s hunting skill [1], because they prematurely generalized [2] that if two things have the same form, they’ll have similar characteristics. In order to falsify this belief [3], you must be able to dissect things and […]

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Ch1 L27: Beliefs – part III (Taboos)

Fighting Death was the starting point of our journey throughout which we’ve explored how we’ve evolved to survive [1]. We’ve seen that our emotions were the first tools to evaluate and learn from experiences and they dichotomically categorized experiences into two groups of the good and the bad [2]. The emotional judgment forms the first beliefs [3]. In the 18th […]

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