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view. The characteristic human trait is not awareness but conformity, and the characteristic result is religious warfare. Other animals .ght for territory or food; but, uniquely in the animal kingdom, human beings .ght for their ‘‘beliefs.’’ The reason is that beliefs guide behavior, which has evolutionary importance among human beings. But at a time when our behavior may well lead us to extinction, I see no reason to assume we have any awareness at all. We are stubborn, self-destructive conformists. Any other view of our species is just a self-congratulatory delusion. - Michael Crichton, The Lost World (1995)