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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Overall, the book is thoroughly researched and Atran has a clear mastery of the relevant literature, which is simply massive. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Faith, Brotherhood, and the Un Making of Terrorists.

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’.

Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or ih of our reviewer’s personal information. While his content is interesting, it is written horribly – very dry and difficult to read. The book is sprinkled with lists, chosen as examples in support of a point. Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture.


In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Transformation Where love meets social justice. Got halfway through this way, painfully. Because religion, argues the author, is not so much about belief, whether preposterous or not, but about building “counterintuitive worlds” that are miraculously, but minimally, different from the everyday real world so as to render the “tragedy of cognition” inescapable knowledge of deathdeception which language makes easyand other “existential anxieties” less psychologically paralyzing, and also to facilitate unconditional interpersonal commitment through mutual adherence to logically and empirically absurd beliefs that makes enduring social life possible.


Conspiracy theories and evil intent are symptoms of religious-style irrationality. His treatment of the often disparate fields of psychology, anthropology, and biology avoids lapsing into the superficial.

He often cites his own research, which is less than compelling.

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They include confusing Judaism the religion with Judaism the culture, confusing both with Jewishness the ethnicity, not noting nonreligious counterexamples of similar “tightness,” such as ironsmiths in many sub-Saharan African tribes, etc. But what if you like the message but would not mind shooting the messenger because of the way he delivered it? 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 conclusion, Atran asks whether religion and science can coexist in the modern Western world, or whether they are part of a zero-sum game.

He does fault Dennett and Dawkins, above all, for the anti-religious and over-intellectual bias they bring to propositions about memes. Another, who also survived had even carefully wrapped his penis in bandages in the hopes of it being ready for use [on the 72 virgins awaiting him].

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. What he does do is describe a cognitive backdrop against which religious claims, once they appear from atrn, appear to humans to make sense.

In Gods We Trust

Therefore claiming to be an atheist does not make religious thinking go away, any more than claiming to believe in God makes immoral thoughts disappear. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping.

Why Religion Seems Here to Stay. In meditative states, though only one is fully active at one time, BOTH the sympathetic AND the parasympathetic nervous systems are heightened. Likewise, the book’s concluding chapter brings everything goss together and wraps it up.


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.

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He has spent the intervening years studying human cultures all over the world, dwelling among the secretive Druze sect in Israel, documenting conservation customs among the Maya of Guatemala, and analyzing the evolution of religion everywhere, a topic he explores in his book In Gods We Trust. Trhst Pages Publications Pages.

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Lists with This Book. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and chapter level. Generally, it is clear and concise and quite readable. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them. That is only made more frustrating by the fact that sometimes the writing is excellent. There is a permanent hierarchy devoted to interpreting this content for us.

Still, the trail takes one to some very interesting vistas.