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"Human beings never think for themselves, they find it too uncomfortable.
For the most part, members of our species simply repeat what they are
told--and become upset if they are exposed to any different view. The
characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the
characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals fight for
territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings
fight for their 'beliefs.' The reason is that beliefs guide behavior,
which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when
our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume
we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists.
Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion."
[Michael Crichton in "The Lost World"]



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