Originally posted on: 2007-05-15

Original location: http://blog.chrisheath.us/2007/05/15/360/biologist-thinks-origin-of-religion-is-in-our-heads/

Wolpert is an eminent developmental biologist at University College London. He thinks human brains evolved to become "belief engines." Toolmaking made us human, and similarly, early hominids felt compelled to find causes for life's great mysteries, including illness and death. They came to believe in unseen gods and spirits.

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