It does not explain WHY 90+% believe there is a God or higher being.
It could be that we aspire to something that does not exist.
Quote:OK, I'll take you at your word as to your intent, but it really does not address what I was saying. It does not explain WHY 90+% believe there is a God or higher being.
I didn't say that that percentage of the population is delusional and that the other fraction of the population is specially gifted or that they know that there is no God. Merely, the larger portion of the population buys into the idea of an intervening God as the explanation for why **** and serendipity happens, the other portion does not. There is nothing illogical or intolerant about that
What makes your statement illogical (and a bit intolerant) is that the evidence does not show that their belief is 'buying into the idea of an intervening God as the explanation for why **** and serendipity happens' or that it is reinforced by society at large.
The Gallup poll only gets that high result when the polling is done with strict anonymity and care not to tie the answer to any religion (hence the inclusion of 'higher being' in the poll question). If you ask the question publicly in any way, the percentage of 'yes' answers plummets drastically. That's why there is evidence that something other than 'going along with the crowd' is responsible.
Quote:Could be, or could be it does exist. Enquiring minds want to know. Other minds just watch reruns on TV.It could be that we aspire to something that does not exist.
that aspiration is very noble and often useful, irrespective of whether the stuff aspired to exist or not. A spiritual journey is always more interesting than its destination.
Of course you know I could turn that around and say that you are manifesting that 'urge to know' that I've postulated as the influence of a God on all people whether they know (or care about) the source or not.