I have a feeling humanity's transition from forager to agriculture farming was captured by the Biblical story of Adam and Eve being cast out from the Garden of Eden.
Life was easier as a forager—less of a burden.
It's a beautiful story actually.
There's this underlying pattern that seems to applies many different domains.
I didn't get the same feeling after reading the Quran.
A story is similar to a path.
Beginning and ends. Ups and downs.
Stories take advantage of preexisting infrastructure designed for something else entirely: Walking.
The "programming language" is a story.
A story grabs on to the dura mater of our brain and irrevocably changes us, modifies us, like a pleasant virus.
What survived was that which could propagate itself amongst individuals successfully.
Reading the Bible probably boosts reproductive success and lifespans.
It's unable to adapt itself to stimuli.
I think preachers probably serve as "compilers" or "interpreters" that can modify and update the text.
Culture, mental models, and cognitive gadgets are all different words for the same thing to me.
They're software programs for the brain.
The Bible is an operating system.