This is probably in the wrong place but the thread can be moved. Also, I want a serious, lasting discussion and don't want this thread to be locked so if you are religious and you stumble on this thread, just humour me but don't get offended or start another thieism/atheism debate here. I've been working this over in my head and I'm pretty much convinced that religions have been undergoing evolution for as long as they have been around. Think about it: A simple idea is imagined by an individual. It makes them feel good. The individual communicates this to others. Enough people become "infected" for more feel-good thoughts to arise and add to the original. Eventually stories and false hypotheses build up enough to fill a book as large as a bible. It is now a religion instead of a cult. The ideas exploit us just as internet memes exploit our sense of humour to spread even further. [*]It may develop new ways to do this like manipulating us to be aggresive towards people who are of different religions or unconvertable by other means. [*]Some religions have concepts like heaven and hell- 2 extremes to change motivations and make conversion more likely. This exploits our fear and want for pleasure. [*]The feeling that we were specially made and put on Earth by the divine entity exploits our insecurities and makes us feel special and loved. Religions mutate all the time and branch off into different 'species' or sects. Some embrace evolutionary biology / natural history to survive and convert new members, others brand it evil (irony). Information, inhertance and changabilty is neccesary for evolution, not solid matter for actual organisms. I accept that there may be holes in this so please discuss. If I'm right, however, we should probably search beyond literal viruses, for other things that are passed around and tend to manipulate us.