vendredi 11 août 2017


Inspired by some of the comments in The Big Dog's thread about atheists thinking other atheists immoral, and the fear of punishment keeping theists in line, I wonder about our apparent need to inflict punishment.

Is this a uniquely human need, (do other animals have it?), and is it common in all our cultures? Is it driven by religion to some extent and stronger in cultures that believe in a punishing god?

Not to get confused here we must think about the desire to punish, as a separate issue from the need to have deterrents to prevent crime.

via International Skeptics Forum

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