The Faith Instinct: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

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Penguin, Nov 12, 2009 - Social Science - 320 pages
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Noted science writer Nicholas Wade offers for the first time a convincing case based on a broad range of scientific evidence for the evolutionary basis of religion.
 

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skimmed this one, basically states that religion followed the evolutionary path with human development - not sure all of the hard science evidence is here Read full review

THE FAITH INSTINCT: How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures

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A provocative account of the development of religion.People have been practicing religion for thousands of years, but they have been practicing morality even longer. In this probing work of science ... Read full review

Contents

THE NATURE OF RELIGION
THE MORAL INSTINCT
THE EVOLUTION OF RELIGIOUS BEHAVIOR
MUSIC DANCE AND TRANCE
ANCESTRAL RELIGION
THE TRANSFORMATION
THE TREE OF RELIGION
MORALITY TRUST AND TRADE
THE ECOLOGY OF RELIGION
RELIGION AND WARFARE
RELIGION AND NATION
THE FUTURE OF RELIGION
Notes
Acknowledgements Index
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About the author (2009)

Nicholas Wade received a BA in natural sciences from King’s College, Cambridge. He was the deputy editor of Nature magazine in London and then became that journal’s Washington correspondent. He joined Science magazine in Washington as a reporter and later moved to The New York Times, where he has been an editorial writer, concentrating on issues of defense, space, science, medicine, technology, genetics, molecular biology, the environment, and public policy, a science reporter, and a science editor.

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