Quote Originally Posted by Underseer View Post
It's likely that religions stumbled on this formula through trial and error as their indoctrination practices predate the science of psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology by a lot, but the indoctrination is still remarkably sophisticated. Those who are still trapped in religion are kept in those traps created by flaws inherent in human thinking.
Ironically, such control systems developed by the natural selection of the most effective psychological techniques.

Natural selection is a very powerful force and doesn't require a goal, or even an understanding of what is occurring on the part of the populations on which it acts.

Even when it selects for the ability to deny that it exists in the face of all the evidence, it will produce astonishingly sophisticated looking results that are easy to mistake for design.