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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Analogy homoplasy reveals adaptation in similar traits that solve similar environmental problems in phylogenetically unrelated species, for example, the wings of bats and birds and flying insects, the eyes of humans and the octopus, and bipedality in therapods carnivorous dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus and humans.
This has unfortunately often been the exception rather than the rule in much psychological evolutionary theorizing, but Atran eschews cartoonish hypotheses like the alleged “god module” in the brain. He rambles off on to all sorts of interesting by ways tdust loses track.
Scholars have a tendency to see the world through their first major project. Major factors include a predisposition to infer agency, costly signaling of commitment to reduce free riders, and increased memory for stories with some, but not too many, irrational surprises.
Atran then argues that religion does serve as a relief valve for emotional distress. No trivia or quizzes yet. He doesn’t go very deep – but it seems to me he holds a position seems to be incorrect in the light of recent results The basis of Atran’s argument, that religion is an evolutionary ztran or “spandrel” to use Stephen Jay Gould ‘s termis extremely well-developed.
Why Religion Seems Here to Stay. In the case of religion, these metarepresentational ideas are never fully assimilated with factual and commonsensical beliefs. Atran notes the vast array of explanations for religion that have arisen over the years and sees value in many of them, but does not find each on its own to ww religion in its totality.
In any case – this is an excellent though a bit dry book and comes with a warm recommendation. This book reminds us that the source of religion is agency, seeing intention aran it is not there. Atran managed to combine the old and the new by relating the automatic cognitive operations to existential anxieties. Moments, Attachment and Formations of Selfhood. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www.
Religion establishes truth to provide moral and social stability. Emotionally powerful, and long-lasing ties among relatively small groups of individuals but hinders wider inferential elaboration and public dissemination of religious theology and cultural ideology.
In Gods We Trust
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Written by a cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, the book 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.
Recommended by Caspar Henderson: It is not likely, however, that natural selection has had the time to cause the difference. Atheists can outdo their religious counterparts in moral certainty, especially when it comes to politics.
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion – Oxford Scholarship
Part 1 Evolutionary Sources. In the unblinking and forever watchful eyes of God, commitments will be met even at great cost and even when there is no hope of reward. Disciplining Se on Religion.
For a full review see my website: Science and secular ideology are poor competitors in this regard. Timelessness implies that cues from the surrounding environment, background knowledge, and memory are all irrelevant.
The Image of God and the Psychology of Religion. Anyone interested in Evolutionary psychology and religion. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
University Press Scholarship Online. 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.
With the large number of attacks in Iraq for instance, and the 7th July bombings in London, the issue of the “suicide bomber” is often on many people’s minds. For example, the all-powerful agents of American Imperialism are seen to be behind every problem in the world. Content wise a fascinating exposition of the evolutionary value of religion.
If faith is, in part, willingness to suspend ordinary pragmatic constraints of relevance, then beliefs held in faith become not only immune to falsification and contradiction but become even more strongly held in the face of apparent falsification or contradiction.
The same system results in the perception of figures in the clouds and voices in the wind. He could have written a great book. His work to dismantle certain ideas of others is a useful endevour. Atran reviews all standard approaches to religion psychological, sociological, evolutionary,memetical and showcases the critical neglect of the role of the brain’s cognitive apparatus in these explanations ‘mindblindness’.
In and Out of Each Other’s Bodies. The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion. The other is deeply racist and isolationist and is designed to maintain moral integrity among Jews alone. Natural Law Anver M. User Review – Flag as inappropriate This book isn’t about the institution of religion, or any particular religions, but what is common to all religions, past, present, and future.
You submitted the following rating and review. It suggests that scientific thinking has a hard time matching what religion can provide in some situations. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.
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