When Crake was creating his own perfect human being, he might have found an Oxford Study on human nature pretty useful. In 2011 Oxford University professors conducted a study across 20 different countries on human nature and religion and how it is in our nature to believe in God or Gods and an after-life. Now, it is important to note that their mission wasn’t to prove that a God does or does not exist, but to prove that it is in our nature to ask ourselves what our purpose in life is and how we were put here.
Are these questions ringing any bells? The Crakers and the Gardeners both ask themselves these questions in the books. The Crakers started praying to Oryx, Crake and Snowman, which Crake had obviously not intended since he believed that any form of art would basically lead to misery, and the Gardeners also have their own complex view of why God put them on Earth and how they were created.
The children of Crake have no difficulty believing that Crake is a magical being that can control wind and lives in the sky which the study touches upon. The study found that it is common for children of a certain age to believe that their mothers and God can see everything they do, but when they realize their mother can’t see everything they do they still believe God can.
This study doesn’t prove in any way that because it is natural for us to believe in a God or Gods that there is one, in fact even atheists can use this study to defend their point of view. Crake would use this study to defend his point of view by saying that we only believe in God/s because it is in our nature and we have to fight it or even edit it out of our system. A person like Jimmy who more easily believes in God, would use it to defend the idea that it is in our nature for a reason and it proves that there is a God or Gods.
How do you think you would use this study to defend your religious beliefs? Do you think Crake could have been successful in editing out this part of our human nature and do you think he should have?
University of Oxford. “Humans ‘predisposed’ to believe in gods and the afterlife.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 July 2011.www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110714103828.htm
Greene, Richar A. “Religious belief is human nature, huge new study claims”. CNN, May 12,2011. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/12/religious-belief-is-human-nature-huge-new- study-claims/