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The "need to believe" as Darwinian adaptation can be explained by sustained individual functionality, or our ability to keep a social function and relationships despite going through any sort of dire circumstance.

Reality, it appears, is more accurately portrayed by the clinically depressed. Using a therm i find very appealing, they have their Psychological Immune System malfunctioning. This PIS does all sorts of funny tricks to keep us happy, it's what a horrible experience becomes uplifting and a learning and growing experience, when we look back at it after some time. It actively paints reality in beautiful colors whenever it can (sometimes its just not possible, of course).

This way we can carry on nourishing our offspring or searching for mates, hence the Darwinian aspect.

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/gilbert05/gilbert05_index.html

by Torres on Thu Mar 8th, 2007 at 07:24:00 AM EST

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