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Religious concepts and activities hijack our cognitive resources, as do music, visual art, cuisine, politics, economic institutions and fashion. This hijacking occurs simply because religion provides some form of what psychologists would call super stimuli. Just as visual art is more symmetrical and its colours more saturated than what is generally found in nature not a ringing goose outlet canada endorsement for religious beliefs, natural though they may be. It would appear that canada goose outlet sale the Discoveroid claim canada goose outlet in montreal about religious beliefs being natural way our cognitive systems work hardly reflects the entirety Boyer position. Are canada goose jacket outlet store we surprised?

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