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In gods we trust : the evolutionary landscape of religion

Author: Scott Atran
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Evolution and cognition.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"How do we explain the cultural hold of religion throughout history? Why are supernatural concepts culturally universal? What do biology, psychology, anthropology, and cognitive neuroscience have to tell us about the religious differences and similarities among different cultural groups? How is it that religious explanations of natural phenomena have had a greater hold on our collective imagination that most  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Scott Atran
ISBN: 0195149300 9780195149302 0195178033 9780195178036
OCLC Number: 50149715
Description: xvi, 348 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: An evolutionary riddle --
pt. 1: Evolutionary sources. The mindless agent: Evolutionary adaptations and by-products. God's creation: Evolutionary origins of the supernatural --
pt. 2: Absurd commitments. Counterintuitive worlds: The mostly mundane nature of religious belief. The sense of sacrifice: Culture, communication, and commitment --
pt. 3: Ritual passions. Ritual and revelation: The emotional mind. Waves of passion: The neuropsychology of religion --
pt. 4: Mindblind theories. Culture without mind: Sociobiology and group selection. The trouble with memes: inference versus imitation in cultural creation. Conclusion: Why religion seems here to stay.
Series Title: Evolution and cognition.
Responsibility: Scott Atran.

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Scott Atran's book is an ambitious attempt to explain the origins of religion using what we now know about the evolution of cognition.  Read more...
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Scott Atran, a cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, presents in this volume a rich, nuanced cognitive-evolutionary account of religion... From this vantage, religion is not doctrine, or Read more...

 
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