In Gods We Trust has ratings and 23 reviews. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human. Recommended by Caspar Henderson: “In Gods We Trust is not easy Scott Atran – an anthropologist who has studied cultures as different as. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Atran, Scott, In gods we trust: the evolutionary landscape of religion / Scott Atran. p. cm. — (Evolution .

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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion – Oxford Scholarship

To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Caspar Henderson was openDemocracy’s Globalisation Editor from to While his content is interesting, it is written horribly – very dry and difficult to read.

New firearms regulations and police use of lethal force in Argentina. Anything can grow contentious when taken too literally. A respected cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, his publications include Fondement de l’histoire naturelle, Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: The Image of God and the Psychology of Religion.

Open Preview See a Problem? The Sense of Sacrifice: You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: But this does not entail that such terms will have a causally coherent extension. Those who fall outside the belief system are seen as not only immoral, but positively intent on evil. Sep 02, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: Nevertheless, for cooperation to work, displays of commitment must be thoroughly convincing, and the be convincing people must be wiling to make the ultimate sacrifice, however rare.


This book isn’t about the institution of religion, or any particular religions, but what is common to all religions, past, present, and future. His own basic concepts are clear, with summations at the end of each bchapter which tends to raise the readers head back out of the detail to see where the book is headed.

After reading much about god theory Hitchens, Dawkins, etc. Religion abhors the competition for truth.

Race, Culture and Psychotherapy. His thesis is that religious behaviour derives from an evolutionary adaptation to help people function in a hunter-gatherer society. That may sound a bit dry, I know, but the book is packed with fascinating examples and opens vistas into artan views you may not have thought about very much. Real issues are being addressed using the religious part of the brain, which obscures identifying real causes and finding workable solutions.

Chefranden rated it really liked it Nov 29, It not only challenges knowledge revealed by Authority, but also the subjective opinion of the individual. Instead, goods seems more like a non-peer-reviewed stream of consciousness.

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An Evolutionary Riddle Part I: Don’t have an account? He also draws on his own first-hand field work and work in folk biology. He has studied and written about terrorism, violence and religion, and ih done fieldwork with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders. Science and secular ideology are poor competitors in this regard.

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Lists with This Book. It is the direct cognitive result of suspending the relevance criteria that universally apply to ordinary communication. A New Science of Religion. I think this, too, points the way for further research on diagnosed PTSD sufferers and their level of religiosity.

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He should at least explain what he is doing and why first. Inference versus Imitation in Cultural Creation