Ch1 L48: Summary (Part 1)

Death was the beginning of our journey [1]. As living organisms, we’ve evolved to fight it more skillfully which led to the development of intelligence. From the very simple stimulus-response system, we’ve moved towards complex analyses, evaluating many variables to come up with different decisions to choose from. Based on Minergy [2], the brain and body evolved to minimize the […]

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Ch1 L45: Beliefs – part XIX (On religions)

In the earlier posts, we discussed that the history of the cognitive revolution could be divided into three eras based on different types of causality [1]: magic, religion, and science [2]. We talked about the magic era in which people believed [3] that their actions could affect the natural courses. In the religion era, the exact opposite belief was cultivated: […]

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Ch1 L41: Beliefs – part XV (Hell)

The concept of the afterlife has been most probably the first and strongest mental painkiller [1]. For those who struggle with mortality, believing [2] in the afterlife is quite a relief. Death wouldn’t be the end but the transition to another life [3]. Thus the problem seems to have been resolved. Though Karl Marx [4] had intended to attack the […]

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