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Thought-provoking article/discussion over on Kuro5hin about possible biological reasons why religions are so attractive. The argument is based on medical research suggesting that the brain stops producing new cells when a person is stressed. If religions offer a way for people to become less stressed it encourages new growth, making people feel even better. So, this suggests that religions aren’t really the cause of the happiness but it’s a common side-effect.
Check it out, worth a read.