Also in the Belief Systems and Other B.S. series
If you say you're the only conscious being, I'll know your crazy... but how will you know?
Weird beliefs are incredibly common in religion, and also incredibly useful.
The Spring & the Pipeline
We're many generations removed from most religion's founders: does it matter?
People in all religions tell dramatic conversion stories; what does this mean?
Termite mounds are complex systems far beyond the reasoning ability of any particular termite. Much the same can be said about some human constructs.