Every human faculty, by which we attempt to make sense of the world, may have its origins explained by evolutionary theory. But the validity of evolutionary theory presupposes the validity of such a human faculty. Thus the existence of an evolutionary Just So story, purporting to explain the origins of some faculty, cannot be used to invalidate the results of that faculty on pain of self-contradiction. Therefore, if we consider the faculty whereby we explain the actions of other entities in terms of purpose, or the faculty whereby we perceive the presence of the divine, in order to refute the claims of such faculties it is not sufficient merely to provide a plausible explanation of their origins.

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