The wish to demote, punish, and degrade ourselves this way, a neurosis special to our modern culture, is itself, ironically, a tribute to human exceptionalism.
It’s telling that one kind of evolution always seems to be missing from these “theories” about the evolutionary origins of religion.
So-called “fairy circles” yielded to a natural explanation, according to a research team: they are abandoned termite mounds. Now, however, another natural theory is rising.
If what separates us from other animals were material in nature, material alone, then perhaps we could look to a material process for an explanation.
“Science is a wonderful thing, but human zoos, scientific racism, and eugenics were shocking betrayals of science.”