Do you think that human genetics which gave us higher levels of abstract thought and language, also can sometimes make us vulnerable to indoctrination by irrational beliefs ?
To contend, as another poster did, that opinion polls offer evidential support for a genetic predisposition towards belief in god(s) is as risible as the resurrection.
The pursuit of knowledge and understanding is one of the motives behind inventive explanations of reality.
Peer pressure plays a huge role in all of this. I was raised in a catholic family and a heavily ethnic catholic small town. It was a cultural piece of everyone's identity - the Irish kids went to St. Mary's, the Italian kids went to St. Anthony's, us polaks and eastern europeans went to St. Casimir's, the Russians and the Ukies went to St. Michael's. Each parish had a social hierarchy. I was an altar boy, FFS, mostly because I liked the juice it gave me socially. I ALWAYS thought that the dogma was horseshit, but I played along laughing up my sleeve the whole time. There was no abstract dimension to the religion I was by happenstance thrust into. Now, as far as everyone else was concerned, a lot of those folks sincerely believed that crap, but a lot of it was about them clustering together in tribal parishes, speaking their native languages and cooking ethnic foods for the church picnics, feeling superior to the other ethnic groups. But I did answer yes to the poll question. The abstract thought part surely plays a role for most folks, but there are other factors involved as well.
The question isn't clear. Genetics is the science that explains natural selection and evolution. Can some families select behaviors that make them more "vulnerable to indoctrination by irrational beliefs' - as in becoming religious or superstitious?
But these behaviors - while leading to more procreation - are also leading to less survival skills - more obesity, less health consciousness, more unwise decisions that might enrich their wealth but not necessarily their survival nor their health. In other words....the religious are less likely to survive as well as the un or non-religious.
Look at what's happening to the COVID delta victims. Over 99% of them are those who intentionally avoided the vaccine - some would say for political reasons, others for pseudo-science reasons (fear of complications - that have been proven inaccurate), and still others...I'm afraid it's those who are "vulnerable to indoctrination by irrational beliefs"...
Read; "Fauci: More than 99% of people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated"
In some population-genetic studies it's been proven that the thought levels of the organisms studied didn't seem to be relevant to their survival...but these studies were done with fruit flies, rats, or ants...none that I know of were done with humans.
Read; Population Density and Social Pathology
JOHN B.CALHOUN, PH.D., National Institute of Mental Health
There's likely a genetic programming to make most people worship authorities because for many thousands of years we've had vicious rulers who simply murdered people who didn't conform to all the required beliefs. Conforming is survival, and being a vicious defender of the authority further increases your success. That is be aided by stupidity. So we have two rival pressures which work against each other and prevent further increases in intelligence. Humans have only just reached the level of full general intelligence, but most people are shackled in their thinking and never do anything other than follow, and most of them follow the wrong leaders. Religions have exploited this defect. The original religions were different: they had spirits which were based on real evidence, such as weird noises from creaking trees, voices shouting back at you out of empty caves, and drug-fueled visions. Those developed into systems of control though where experts emerged and laid down the law as to what was what, but with those experts fully aware that they were actually just manipulating others for their own selfish ends, so even in small tribal communities you can find vicious leaders branding people as witches and having them murdered.
Human being seem to have a need or desire to find explanactions for events around them. Michael Shermer discusses in one of his books about how humans are pattern seeking creatures. Experiments have shown that humans find patterns in sequences that are intentionally randomized with no patterns intended. Believing something true and disbelieving something false can have survival advantages, while believing something false or disbelieving something true could have negative survival consequences or not. Some beliefs in false things could have no immediate negative consequences. Common beliefs whether true or false could assist with cohesion of a group and help define individuals place in the hierarchy. Such definitions could very well have survival advantages.
The question is contradictory to abstract thought theory, as indoctrination, a proven mental weakness within humanity, especially within the political arena among citizenship. With the world citizenship under a constant 24 hour programing of negative propaganda towards conditioning to manage our perception towards a false reality to benefit the ruling class, abstract thought is obviously lacking when the majority of this citizenship can't recognize when they're being indoctrinated into compliance against societies own spoken principles. Even worse, when the leaders they continue to vote for break these same principles as they use orchestrated tribal division, unable to recognize this we offer ourselves to be sacrificed. Even worse, our children to be killed in false manufactured wars.