I don't know, nutron.
What is your point? And what does it have to do with what I said?
I think beliefs are ultimately formed of choice, but are generally positioned around, or linked with, the foundation of beliefs that are instilled in young children by their parents and other influential figures.
There is a high tolerance of belief in aliens in these forums, and I don't think it came from parents, but I could be wrong. My step father was sure he experienced something caused by a UFO, so in my family there was tolerance in believing in UFO's. But I thought my family was rather different, not common.
Idsoftwaresteve, thanks that is what I was getting at. And we have more politically important beliefs as well, like should women work, should the races mix, do Muslims threaten us? Today's beliefs are different from past beliefs so we can explore how do people come to what they believe. And regarding God, and the founding of the US, will Thomas Jefferson's concept of the Laws and Nature and Nature's God and science, finally come together?
Idsoftwaresteve, I really like your last comment
But now, after reading the preview, I notice that you say, 'imposed on humanity'. Who done the imposing? Nature? Evolution? I'm going with nature