The following is a thread pertaining to religion, if you cannot post in a well constructed respectful manner please leave the thread. Check your ego at the door. Today in Social Psychology the professor began to talk about what she believed (or potentially researched) to be behaviors explained by sociobiology or in layman's terms; inherited behaviors. The list included the obvious such as reflexes, drives, protection of newborns and territory and finally religion. After some time, one of the people in the lecture hall raised his hand and asked if religion was natural in all humans, or at least the desire to explain what we cannot, how can we - as a society, explain Atheism. The professor went on to say that Atheism was an outlier and was socially learned and defies the biological construct of religion. I think that's rubbish. Atheism, as far as I know is a belief of sorts and coincides with the very human desire to explain. It's the belief that there is no god or deities, therefore it relies on a very basic desire to explain the unknown. What are your thoughts on this topic?