Feb 6, 2020, 6:10 PM
By Bill Joslin
I think religious utility is easy (He says with 20-20 hindsight after over a year of participation in king of the hill games hahahah.)
Its function is to provide graceful failure.
1. High agency/autonomy: rational/reason, consequentialism, calculation
2. Mid agency/limited autonomy: rational, emulation, virtue (qualities to emulate)
3. Low agency/highly limited autonomy : emotion(intuition-impulse), rules (deontic ethics),
The church (or religions) serve to bridge the bottom two rungs whereby some religions emphasize rules (deontic) and other emphasize emulation (virtues) and have been constructed through a means of ad-hoc post-hoc collection of rules and qualities to emulate that further the particular group’s survivability.
(A god(s) exists as behaviour-modifying belief that insures survivability)