Homo Deus: Religion
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Although science has certainly made some advances in the past century or so, not all of it has been progress. Several mainstream theories, such as the Big Bang, Darwin's natural selection, have been disproven to my satisfaction, whilst significant advances in knowledge involving consciousness, morphogenetic fields and the paranormal have been sidelined by the Academy, despite being taken on board by the military and Intelligence agencies.
I think Harari's point is that having invented language, we gained the ability to speak about not only all those things that are there. but also about things that should be there, that we imagine are there, or that we would like to be there. I particularly like his treatment of things that are there because, and only because, we all agree that they are there. Your paper money is "good" because you believe that everybody else also believes that the little pieces of paper can be exchanged for the things you want or need. Even gold is valuable only because other people think the same thing, The states, governments, corporations and so on are in one sense fictive entities, but in another sense, "real" because everybody agrees they are real. If suddenly everyone decided to ignore the King, he wouldn't be King anymore.
To the extent that religion or religious ideas stem from the imagination, as opposed to empirical verification, some aspects of religion fall under that category of "things which either don't exist at all, or exist only because everybody else thinks they exist"