Sunday, 2 February 2020

Ways in which false beliefs can be good for you

  • Religion makes you have more children. 
  • Positive ethnocentrism: if you believe that your group is "special", you are more likely to defend it.
  • Negative ethnocentrism: if you "other" other people and groups, you can promote your group cohesion and more successfully defend your territory.
  • Meaning, purpose and transcendance: If you believe life has meaning you are more likely to procreate.
  • Suicide: if you believe suicide is morally wrong you are less likely to do it.
  • Group moral beliefs: belief in morality is one way in which groups can regulate behaviour.

1 comment:

  1. Religion is a motivator. If you believe something is the will of God, you are more likely to do it.

    Emotions are a motivator. You can be motivated by anger.

    Emotions are a commitment device. If you believe you are right, not for a rational reason but because you feel it, you can commit to your position. Your more rational opponent may decide to give up first and cut their losses.