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Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM By Dominic Johnson

And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and every thing that is in the earth shall die The biblical story of the flood crystalizes in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognized concept of divine punishment For millennia human civilizations have relie And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and every thing that is in the earth shall die The biblical story of the flood crystalizes in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognized concept of divine punishment For millennia human civilizations have relied on such beliefs to create moral order People who commit crimes or other bad deeds, we are told, will suffer retribution, while rewards abstract or material await those who do good This simple but powerful idea has long served to deter self interest and achieve remarkable levels of cooperation Indeed, as all societies seem to have found, these beliefs are so good at promoting cooperation that they may have been favored by natural selection Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all time high, the willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal Even atheists often feel they are being monitored and judged We find ourselves imagining what our parents, spouse, or boss would think of our thoughts and actions, even if they are miles away and will never find out We talk of eyes burning into the backs of our heads, the walls listening, a sense that someone or something is out there, observing our every move, aware of our thoughts and intentions.God Is Watching You is an exploration of this belief as it has developed over time and how it has shaped the course of human evolution Dominic Johnson explores such questions as Was a belief in supernatural consequences instrumental in the origins of human societies How has it affected the way human society has changed, how we live today, and how we will live in the future Does it expand or limit the potential for local, regional and global cooperation How will the current decline in religious belief at least in many western countries affect our ability to live together And what, if anything, will temper self interest and promote cooperation if religion declines In short, do we still need God Drawing on new research from anthropology, evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience, Johnson presents a new theory of supernatural punishment that offers fresh insight into the origins and evolution of not only religion, but also human cooperation and society He shows that belief in supernatural reward and punishment is no quirk of western or Christian culture, but a ubiquitous part of human nature that spans geographical regions, cultures, and human history.
  • Title: God Is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human
  • Author: Dominic Johnson
  • ISBN: 9780199895632
  • Page: 452
  • Format: Hardcover

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Robert Miller Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM
There is a saying that “there are no atheists in foxholes.” This expression refers to the notion that, given the right dire circumstances, everyone believes in religion or Gods. The startling event of being entrenched in a hole, with bullets whizzing overhead, armed shadowed figures in the night, rapidly approaching, may galvanize the mind to revert to subconscious thought. In these mostly inaccessible regions of the brain, some believe that the process of evolution, or religious doctrine, h [...]
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Dawid Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM
This book was a great read. It filled so many "holes" in my understanding of how it has come to the fact that we are so inclined to believe in the supernatural. Superbly logical and consistent arguments based on evolutionary biology as well as mathemathical models. One who has a knack for logic and science will find this book mesmerising.
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Don Heiman Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM
Dominic Johnson's 2016 book "God is Watching You" is about the power religion holds in the shaping of society based on dictates about sin and supernatural punishment. According to Johnson, these dictates influence evolutionary theories of natural cultural selection and social cooperation. His book is well referenced and captivated my interest. The writing gave me a refreshing perspective on my personal history and on current world affairs.
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Timothy Haggerty Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM
Great book makes you think doing away with God not such a good idea.Well written and clear. A lot for an athiest to come to grips with though I was fair convinced of this theory before hand.
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JustHB Jul 20, 2019 - 00:58 AM
I really couldnt get in to this at all - it was a real struggle. What was there was nothing new.
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God Is Watching You: How the Fear of God Makes Us Human By Dominic Johnson And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and every thing that is in the earth shall die The biblical story of the flood crystalizes in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognized concept of divine punishment For millennia human civilizations have relie And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven and every thing that is in the earth shall die The biblical story of the flood crystalizes in its terrifying, dramatic simplicity the universally recognized concept of divine punishment For millennia human civilizations have relied on such beliefs to create moral order People who commit crimes or other bad deeds, we are told, will suffer retribution, while rewards abstract or material await those who do good This simple but powerful idea has long served to deter self interest and achieve remarkable levels of cooperation Indeed, as all societies seem to have found, these beliefs are so good at promoting cooperation that they may have been favored by natural selection Today, while secularism and unbelief are at an all time high, the willingness to believe in some kind of payback or karma remains nearly universal Even atheists often feel they are being monitored and judged We find ourselves imagining what our parents, spouse, or boss would think of our thoughts and actions, even if they are miles away and will never find out We talk of eyes burning into the backs of our heads, the walls listening, a sense that someone or something is out there, observing our every move, aware of our thoughts and intentions.God Is Watching You is an exploration of this belief as it has developed over time and how it has shaped the course of human evolution Dominic Johnson explores such questions as Was a belief in supernatural consequences instrumental in the origins of human societies How has it affected the way human society has changed, how we live today, and how we will live in the future Does it expand or limit the potential for local, regional and global cooperation How will the current decline in religious belief at least in many western countries affect our ability to live together And what, if anything, will temper self interest and promote cooperation if religion declines In short, do we still need God Drawing on new research from anthropology, evolutionary biology, experimental psychology, and neuroscience, Johnson presents a new theory of supernatural punishment that offers fresh insight into the origins and evolution of not only religion, but also human cooperation and society He shows that belief in supernatural reward and punishment is no quirk of western or Christian culture, but a ubiquitous part of human nature that spans geographical regions, cultures, and human history.

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