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A moth has evolved a biological compass sensitive to the light from the stars and the moon in order to find its way to its home or natural habitat. However, this evolutionary trait did not develop with the prediction that human beings would one day invent artificial light...
Thus, the very same biological mechanism that helps the moth can betray it whenever it comes across one of our artificial lights. The moth ends up flying towards the "false" light in a spiralling motion. A misfiring byproduct of a normally functional compass. Not everything in evolution works to your advantage all the time...
In a similar vein, children learn to listen to their parents as these usually have their best interests at heart. If a mother tells her child not to go near the edge of a cliff it will benefit the child to take heed of this advice. If the father tells the child not to touch the hot pan because it's "burnies" the child will listen.
But the fact that children are conditioned to listen to their parents doesn't always work to their advantage. Parents can err, be wrong or believe in infeasibilities. Parents will tend to pass their world-views to their children. Religious dogma, as was mentioned earlier, is passed on through exposure.
A Muslim family who strongly believe in martyrdom as the fastest way to heaven - as it is explicitly mentioned by the Koran if one takes it literally - will think one of them is doing the right thing by being a suicide bomber. In evolution you dont get points for being dead.
Hence religion is a misfiring byproduct of an otherwise useful trait - listening to your parents, following tradition, adopting their philosophies and their memes... All in the belief that they are the perfect recipe.
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