The American biologist Edward Osborne Wilson, known as “the father of socio-biology”, argues that the Earth is suffering “a death through a thousand injuries” because of religion and that it should disappear for the benefit of human progress.
In the most recent edition of New Scientist, Wilson explained that his next book would analyse the future of humans and Earth.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning biologist warned that people had not yet realized that the “tribal structure” had been destroying the planet with “a thousand cuts,” according to a partial transcript obtained by the International Business Times.
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“All ideologies and religions have their own answers for the big questions, but these are often linked as a dogma to some kind of tribe,” he said. “Religions in particular present supernatural elements that other tribes, other religions, cannot accept. And every tribe, no matter how generous, benign, loving and charitable, disparages all other tribes. What drags us is religious faith “.
“Humans all over the world have a strong tendency to wonder if a god is watching them or not. Virtually all people wonder if they will have another life, “Wilson continued. These are the things that unite humanity.
But he said that “the transcendent search has been hijacked by the tribal religions.”
“Then I would say that, for the sake of human progress, the best we could do would be to diminish, to the point of eliminating, religious. But certainly not eliminating the natural yearnings of our species nor raising these big questions “.
Wilson, who was raised as a Baptist in Alabama, has said he “walked away” from Christianity, but does not refer to himself as an atheist.
- American socio-biologist Osborne Wilson