Parasites - Research
“How, at a neurological level, the psychological immune system might "talk" to the physical immune system is still a matter of speculation. But scientists have begun to track where disgust is processed in the brain, and evidence suggests this region may also serve the function of making us repulsed by cruel or unethical people like corrupt politicians, shoplifters and wife beaters. Strange as it sounds, disgust may have played a major role in transforming our species into the most freakish of creatures: a moral animal.” (McAuliffe, 2016)
This book has been a huge influence throughout this project, a key idea from this book is that religions could have been formed to prevent the contraction of parasites and infection. Certain parasites found in certain areas of the world show a strong correlation to the religious beliefs in those areas. From the way religions cleanse, to the meats they eat and language they speak, could all the ritualistic rules have been put in place to change the collective actions of a community with the result being a longer life expectancy and therefor greater belief in the system.