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 renowned anthropologist Pascal Boyer, are no longer mysteries. We are beginning to know how to answer questions such as "Why do people have religion?" Using findings from anthropology, cognitive science, linguistics, and evolutionary biology, Religion Explained shows how this aspect of human consciousness is increasingly admissible to coherent, naturalistic explanation. This brilliant and controversial book gives readers the first scientific explanation for what religious feeling is really about, what it consists of, and where it comes from.

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"Religious concepts, as I said, invariably recruit resources of mental systems that would be there, religion or no. This is why religion is a likely thing. That, given our minds' evolved dispositions ... Read full review

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"Religious concepts, as I said, invariably recruit resources of mental systems that would be there, religion or no. This is why religion is a likely thing. That, given our minds' evolved dispositions ... Read full review

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

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