d s Posted over 2 years ago Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence Perhaps religion is formed as a bi-product of our innate drive to make a conclusion based on information that can be truthful or untruthful. We come to a conclusion in complete isolation and disregard to the truth. We then manufacture an explanation which we believe to be truthful. This habit permeates through all levels of our life including scientific institutions. In a sense we go around creating illusion and we are very good at it. We believe our own illusions to be true. Modern scientific findings confirm this. Ancient wisdom also confirms our illusory nature. Coming to a conclusion is far more important (it seems) than knowing if the information is actually true or not. Sometimes we can never know the truth so truth is fabricated. Then comes our desire to teach others what we know (or do not know but think we know). If religion is not chosen freely (most is not chosen freely) then religion is formed out of a need to influence others belief systems.