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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Timelessness implies that cues from the surrounding environment, background knowledge, and memory are all irrelevant. In the cultural evolution of religion, proactive displays of commitment may prevail over whatever functional, functionless, or dysfunctional ecological utility they might promote.

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A respected cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, his publications include Fondement de l’histoire naturelleCognitive Foundations of Natural History: Inference versus Imitation in Cultural Creation Feb 25, Aryssa Hutchins rated it really liked it.

It is minds that create ideas. Religion establishes truth to provide moral and social stability. The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thoughtwhich covers the same basic ground Atran admits goes much in the first endnote to this book in a less intimidating fashion. The Emotional Mind 7. But scientific thinking faces a challenge: Anything can grow contentious when taken too literally.

In Gods We Trust

Want to Read saving…. UKUSWorldwide. The other is deeply racist and isolationist and is designed to maintain moral integrity among Jews alone. I would trut find fault, arguing that, to the degree the brain is modular, their research is arguing for a reverse-diachronic reverse selection, i.


Jan 05, Jed Ringel rated it really liked it Shelves: He also fails to acknowledge the fact that despite great theoretical potential for distortion and addition of noise, the degree to which knowledge, experiences, and ideas are shared across individuals equips us with adequately similar govs highly functional mental frameworks, reducing error rates massively.

Contents An Evolutionary Riddle. Kenrick Snippet view – While his content is interesting, it is written horribly – very dry and difficult to read.

In Gods We Trust: The natural tendency to see supernatural agents was then adapted to promote loyalty to the larger group, and replace selfish behaviour with a group morality. So why is it here in a book on religion?

In Gods We Trust – Scott Atran – Oxford University Press

The Image of God and the Psychology of Religion. That is only made more frustrating by the fact that sometimes the writing is excellent. Healing Symbols in Psychotherapy. Kn combination will be a benchmark and a challenge to students of religion in all disciplines.

That may sound a bit dry, I know, but the book is packed with fascinating examples and opens vistas into world views you may not have thought about very much.

Mar 28, David Withun rated it really liked it Shelves: Atran poses some interesting perspectives on possible selection motifs in fods practice.

On the social level, religion preys on these basic cognitive elements, such as rituals being used to display hard to fake commitments an idea put forth by William Irons.

Users without a subscription are not able to godd the full content. Still worth it, and still liking what it says. Atran covers lots of territory and imparts lots of information. Especially when relying on fMRI studies, which lately run into all kinds of reproducibility problems Transformation Where love meets social justice.


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

In fact, it’s pretty hard going, but certainly worth the effort so far. In Gods We Trust: Simply Rational Gerd Gigerenzer. Apr 01, Ryan Houlette rated it did not like it Shelves: University Press Scholarship Online. Jan 27, Xing Chen rated it liked it.

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. 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.

Selected pages Title Page. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. Nor, beyond what I mentioned above, does Atran offer a paradigm for future research. Simply put, he gives too little credit to our communicative abilities, downplays the perception-altering power of received ideas, and underestimates how similar effects tend to be across recipients.

Atran draws a number of parallels between brain changes in PTSD sufferers and changes in brain function in religious and spiritual experiences.