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|Additional Physical Format:||Print version:
New York : Basic Books, ©2001
|Material Type:||Document, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Internet Resource, Computer File|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
|ISBN:||0585417482 9780585417486 9780465004614 046500461X 0465006957 9780465006953 0465006965 9780465006960|
|Description:||1 online resource (vii, 375 pages) : illustrations|
|Contents:||What is the origin? --
What supernatural concepts are like --
The kind of mind it takes --
Why gods and spirits? --
Why do gods and spirits matter? --
Why is religion about death? --
Why rituals? --
Why doctrines, exclusion and violence? --
"Many of us have endless questions about faith, spirituality, and the place of religious thinking in the world. But one central question - perhaps the central question - about religion has remained strangely inaccessible: Why do we have it at all? Until recently, if you'd asked this of most anthropologists, they'd have told you that the question was ill-formulated and too vague to be of scientific interest." "In fact, the intellectual tools for thinking about the problem simply didn't exist. Now, says Pascal Boyer, they do, provided by theories and research in evolutionary biology and cognitive psychology."--Jacket.
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