November 22, 2013 | James Kohl
By Jesse Marczyk on November 20, 2013 in Pop Psych
Excerpt: Rather than dealing with loving their neighbor, religious beliefs appeared to deal more with who and how their neighbor loved. This connection between religious beliefs and sexual morals, while consistently positive across all regions sampled, did vary in strength from place to place, being about four-times stronger in wealthy areas, compared to poorer ones.
My comment: Belief in snake-centric evolution Submitted by James V. Kohl on November 21, 2013 – 6:32am.
Belief in snake-centric evolution (i.e., non-human primate brain to human brain and visual acuity/specificity for snake detection) can be compared to religious belief. Both are markers of group affilitations (e.g., evolutionary psychologists vs church-goers) that may guide believer’s behaviors.
Belief in natural selection for snake detection is probably most characteristic of those who do not like moral restrictions associated with any “higher authority.” Evolvability “just happens” since experimental evidence that supports the idea of natural selection does not exist.
For contrast, the biological basis for Darwin’s ‘conditions of life’ is known to be nutrient-dependent, and nutrients metabolize to species-specific pheromones that control the physiology of reproduction in species from microbes to man. Therefore, everything currently known about the physics, chemistry, and biology of restricted or unrestricted species diversity and human reproduction can be viewed from a perspective on pattern recognition (i.e., the conserved molecular mechanisms of adaptations) or it can be viewed in the context of snake predation in monkeys.
That makes me wonder if those who believe in snake-centric theory or other evolutionary theories (e.g., mutation-driven evolution) really know anything about the basis for their belief. Is there any aspect of pattern recognition that could be compared to the basis of more restrictive beliefs in others. Are snakes the common thread that somehow separates the believers in both groups?