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Religion explained : the evolutionary origins of religious thought

Author: Pascal Boyer
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, ©2001.
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Boyer, Pascal.
Religion explained.
New York : Basic Books, ©2001
(DLC) 00054661
(OCoLC)45620597
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Pascal Boyer
ISBN: 0585417482 9780585417486 9780465004614 046500461X 0465006957 9780465006953 0465006965 9780465006960
OCLC Number: 51620873
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? --
Why belief?
Responsibility: Pascal Boyer.

Abstract:

"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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