IMO, the physical world we see relies heavily on what our brain perceives. There are many things that our brain registers that are simply illusions. I believe that how our brain reacts to certain things is also reflected on our past expirences and/or how we were raised. An example of this is racism. If a child grows up in a racist household, I think it is very likely that the child may become racist, although there are exceptions as always.
If I had a dollar for every stupid person I've come across, I'd be able to buy China. The official grue master of EP.
I agree with your point of view in almost every aspect. as it seems to me that were this not true religious would not exist in concentrations but in a more uniform mix. People tend to accept the views that they are exposed to as children and told are correct through various forms of role model guidance.
Question #2 What does it mean to be. (i.e. exist)
this question will probably involve some debate... rather than just two answers.
"I am not a sexist, I own a wife" -drointhewind "The race for quality is neverending so technically it's just like a death march" - unknown