In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion / Edition 1

In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion / Edition 1

by Scott Atran
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195178033

ISBN-13: 9780195178036

Pub. Date: 11/26/2004

Publisher: Oxford University Press


This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, cultural selection, and historical survival of religion is an accommodation of certain…  See more details below

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This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human evolution just as the cognitive intervention, cultural selection, and historical survival of religion is an accommodation of certain existential and moral elements that have evolved in the human condition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195178036
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/26/2004
Series:
Evolution and Cognition Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
388
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: An Evolutionary Riddle
Part I: Evolutionary Sources
2. The Mindless Agent: Evolutionary Adaptations and By-products
3. God's Creation: Evolutionary Origins of the Supernatural
Part II: Absurd Commitments
4. Counterintuitive Worlds: The Mostly Mundane Nature of Religious Belief
5. The Sense of Sacrifice: Culture, Communication, and Commitment
Part III: Ritual Passions
6. Ritual and Revelation: The Emotional Mind
7. Waves of Passion: The Neuropsychology of Religion
Part IV: Mindblind Theories
8. Culture without Mind: Sociobiology and Group Selection
9. The Trouble with Memes: Inference versus Imitation in Cultural Creation
10. Conclusion: Why Religion Seems Here to Stay

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