Humans are believing animals. Perhaps that’s even a way of defining our species: we are the high-functioning primates from planet Earth who have achieved consciousness and, with it, the ability to believe.
Since belief is a wide-ranging term, I mean here belief in the existence of transcending powers, of something beyond the ordinary dimension of everyday life, beyond what we perceive with our senses. I wonder, in fact, if belief is a necessary consequence of self-awareness.
Will other cosmic intelligences also believe?”