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And Now, Your Moment of Reason

Here is another clear thinking figure of some historic import who reinforces my belief in the theory of Ernest Becker - that god and religion are invented by societies in order to soothe the fear of dying -
"I cannot believe in the immortality of the soul.... No, all this talk of an existence for us, as individuals, beyond the grave is wrong. It is born of our tenacity of life – our desire to go on living … our dread of coming to an end." - Thomas Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)

He could easily have added '...our belief that we are in dominion over the earth'.

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