We have been programmed by natural selection to seek security. Natural selection has selected almost everything about us, even our beliefs, on the basis of a security paradigm. Presented here are three fundamental understandings that derive from natural selection and are based on a security paradigm: that all human behavior has security as its goal; that the emotional mental system is really a combined belief and security system; and that gods are placebos. In the process of presenting these understandings this essay rectifies, clarifies, and adds to concepts that were originally introduced in my 2010 book, The Primal Instinct: How Biological Security Motivates Behavior, Promotes Morality, Determines Authority, and Explains Our Search for a God, and then were advanced in five essays, including this essay, that are now on my website: www.mdjaffe.com.
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