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. In got trust. Scott Atran In Gods We Trust The Evolutionary Landscape Of Religion (Evolution And Cognition). Topics atheism. Collection. 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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The few criticisms I have mostly concern style more than substance. Books by Scott Atran. Cognition and Communication in Culture’s Evolutionary Landscape. Anything can grow contentious when taken too literally. Freedom of religion means we get the cherry-pick the religious authority we want to believe. In the cultural evolution of religion, proactive displays of commitment may prevail over whatever functional, functionless, or dysfunctional ecological utility they might promote.

Print Save Cite Email Share. Joseph Bulbulia – – Biology and Philosophy 19 5: His godds is that religious behaviour derives from an evolutionary adaptation to help people function in a hunter-gatherer ih. Religious Skepticism in Philosophy of Religion. He tells us that souls and spirits are derived from analogy to the dissociated thoughts of dreams and the disembodied movements of shadows. Analogy homoplasy reveals adaptation in similar traits that solve similar environmental problems hods 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.

Once or twice Atran says that he is going to tell us how religion originated, but I cannot fathom what he thinks he has told govs. Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society. His reason, perhaps the most original idea in the book, is that counterintuitive stories are easier to remember, and are thus more likely to be passed on.

Yes, all his explanations sound plausible and research sounds carefull. We do not make religious statements to relate facts about the world, we make them because they activate the components of our brain in emotionally satisfying ways.


In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran

But this does govs entail that such terms will have a causally coherent extension. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. One of his exceptional talents is in weaving together a vast number of strands that most of us keep asunder.

Jeffrey Friedman – – Critical Review 17 The writing style is approachable so as not trjst deter curious, non-academic readers. Supernatural agents are a natural result of perceiving intention everywhere. It is minds that create ideas. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Atran says that they throw a lot against the wall from sociology, Gestalt and more, just to see what might stick.

Oxford University Press Amazon. Kirkpatrick – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 6: Along the way, Atran provides a number of fascinating experiments, anecdotes, observations, and arguments to ayran his case and to criticize and critique other theories.

In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

There will always be conflicting ideas with varying degrees of validity and kn. That’s comforting to me, as someone who has wasted countless hours trying to pin down definitions in discussions about religion.

Marty – – W. If you don’t like the message don’t shoot the messenger. Dennett – – Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 6: It is responsible for motivating people to do both great good and great evil; it gofs highly malleable and can be adapted and refashioned to suit myriad needs and purposes. The Protestant revolution was about replacing the authority of the church hierarchy with the book itself, made available by the printing press.

That it’s one of the most thorough refutations of the concept is a bonus. If you are a seller for this product, turst you like to suggest updates through seller support? But what if you like the message but would not mind shooting the messenger because of the way he delivered it?

It does occasionally become a bit bogged down when Atran is explaining and the debunking the theoris of others. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. He also goes into some depth about the failure of other proposed explanations including group selection, memes, and a “god iin in the brain. The author is keen to suggest that religion is here to stay based upon persuasive points of argument, especially that lack of any secular ideology’s ability to trusst and comfort in the face of “existential anxieties” and the human impulse to find “agency” and impose “metarepresentation” in random and natural events.


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Buy the selected items together This item: No keywords specified fix it. It is fine and brave to go where angels fear to tread, but he should tread a little more carefully. The contrast with the clarity of Pascal Boyer’s Religion Explained is remarkable. Jul 29, Jason Yang rated it liked it.

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This combination will be a benchmark and a challenge to students of religion in all disciplines. Raw textbook This book is raw, dry textbook but highly informative and full of facts. 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 rrust survival of religion is an accommodation of certain existent This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition.

Science and Religion On occasion we are treated to some good writing. It does cover a lot of interesting issues, some with questionable relevance to the topic of the book.

Overall, the book is thoroughly researched and Atran has a clear mastery of the relevant literature, which is simply massive.