The SSC sequence (plus a whole bunch of other things) inspired me to think of deities as mythic representations of cultural collective intelligence. The God-shaped hole could then be understood as a psychological adaptation for collective intelligence, and religions as collective intelligence operating systems.
There’s a lot more that could be said on this topic but it seems to deserve its own sequence. Perhaps I should write one.
The trouble is that tradition is undocumented code, so you aren’t sure what is safe to change when circumstances change.