Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

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Basic Books, 2001 - Religion - 375 pages
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Many of our questions about religion, says the internationally renowned anthropologist Pascal Boyer, were once mysteries, but they no longer are: we are beginning to know how to answer questions such as "Why do people have religion?" and "Why is religion the way it is?" Using findings from anthropology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary biology, Boyer shows how one of the most fascinating aspects of human consciousness is increasingly admissible to coherent, naturalistic explanation. And Man Creates God tells readers, for the first time, what religious feeling is really about, what it consists of, and how it originates. It is a beautifully written, very accessible book by an anthropologist who is highly respected on both sides of the Atlantic. As a scientific explanation for religious feeling, it is sure to arouse controversy.

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Review: Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

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Information: From the little I know, and the reviews I read, this seems to be an up to date account of religion from a cognitive psychology and evolutionary biology standpoint. From my own reading, I ... Read full review

Review: Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

User Review  - Mark - Goodreads

I now have a better idea of what makes "us" tick. To quote a paraphrase from the book:philosopher Robert McCauley states, science is every bit as "unnatural" to the human mind as religion is "natural." Read full review

Contents

WHAT SUPERNATURAL CONCEPTS ARE LIKE
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THE KIND OF MIND IT TAKES
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WHY GODS AND SPIRITS?
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About the author (2001)

Pascal Boyer is Luce Professor of Collective Memory and Individual Memory at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri.

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