God as a mental construct

Our Earth Comes About

About 4.5 billion years ago our Earth comes together as part of the solar system. About 3.8 to 4 billion years ago, life gets started on earth.

Hominoids

I jump here to primates and skip all the evolution leading up to that. This is discussed widely elsewhere: Our species started with an structure based on evolution and biological processes to keep us alive. Primates (and other mammals) had skeletons, nervous systems, senses, and brains. Hominoids added language and this lead to culture, religion and civilization.

  • understanding of our world,
  • comfort for the soul (hope, afterlife), and
  • moderation of group behavior through rules (e.g Ten Commandments).

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Van Talmage

Van Talmage

Grandfather, Mountain Runner, Retired IT