"I find it fascinating that brilliant scientists and philosophers have no clue
about how to deal with the basic irrationality of human life and society
other than to insist, against al reason and evidence,
that things ought to be rational and evidence-based...
Science is not particularly well-suited to deal with people's existential anxieties,
including death, deception, sudden catastrophe, loneliness or longing for love or justice.
It cannot tell us what we ought to do, only what we can do.
Religion thrives because it addresses people's deepest emotional yearnings and
society's foundational moral needs, perhaps even more so in complex and mobile societies
that are increasingly divorced from nurturing family settings and long familiar environments",
'dangerous idea', edge.org