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 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.
Difficult to read at first but fascinating. In and Out of Each Other’s Bodies. Interpreting an objective authority is the first step toward scientific thinking. In the spirit of scientific method his work is blessedly free of the usual righteous language found in a typical discussion of religion.
Mar 06, Mark rated it liked it Shelves: Rather than adopting an extreme stance on the existence of God or other similar metaphysical persons and concepts or the usefulness of religion for human life and attempting to defend this position through haphazard scholarship and polemic as have perhaps most thinkers who have addressed these issues, Atran adopts an explicitly agnostic stance and instead attempts to explore the relation between human evolution and religion, concluding that, no matters its truth or use-value, religion is part of human evolutionary psychology and is here to stay.
Transformation Where love meets social justice. They are based on a written holy book with a lot of specifically moral content. Chapter summaries restate arguments in already-used terms, instead of emphasising main points using creatively novel vocabulary and sentence structure, and by the time one reaches the conclusion- a summary of the summaries- a quick scan of the paragraphs tells you that the content has already been impressed upon your visual and association cortices and stored in your mental template.
In any case – this is an excellent though a bit dry book and comes with a warm recommendation. The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion. 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.
His thesis is that religious behaviour derives from an evolutionary adaptation to help people function in a hunter-gatherer society. Feb 25, Aryssa Hutchins rated it really liked it. Towards an Anthropology of Scienceand Folk Biology. He also goes into some depth about the failure of other proposed explanations including group selection, memes, and a “god module” in the brain.
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His chapters are loose clusters of related material lacking org Content wise a fascinating exposition of the evolutionary value of religion. What he does do is describe a cognitive backdrop against which religious claims, once they appear from wherever, appear to humans to make sense.
Search my Subject Specializations: This adds up to making it impossible to think about the necessary issues for myself – except for some glaring examples among his descriptions of studies in cognition, as already mentioned. The Trouble with Memes: This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition.
I’ll start with a warning: I would further find fault, arguing that, to the degree the brain is modular, their research is arguing for a reverse-diachronic reverse selection, i. If you aren’t prepared for some dry, academic writing, avoid this book and pick up Pascal Boyer’s Religion Explained instead, which covers much of the same ground but in a more accessible style.
Instead he wrote a parts-of-it-are-interesting book. The Shape of Thought H. This book is available as part of Oxford Scholarship Online – view abstracts and keywords at book and godd level. The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion Scott Atran Abstract This book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition.
Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. Atfan and Society in Scottish Thought. He has studied and written about terrorism, violence and religion, and has done fieldwork with terrorists and Islamic fundamentalists, as well as political leaders.
Remember that experimentally controlled and induced hypoxia can also induce an NDE. A respected cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, his publications include Fondement de l’histoire naturelle, Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Though he provides a fairly good definition of religion right at the beginning, throughout the rest of the book it is quite unclear where his case studies involve religion and where they involve non-religious culture.
Nor, beyond what I mentioned above, does Atran offer a paradigm for future research. Repetition is often a feature of academic writing for the sake of thoroughness, but it feels like the editing was slipshod in some places.
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.
Kevin Bradshaw atra it it was amazing May 22, He tells us that souls aatran spirits are derived from analogy to the dissociated thoughts of dreams and frust disembodied movements of shadows. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Parts of the book are lifted from Atran’s papers published in academic journals and it seems that some of the redundancy might have come from a failure to edit out overlapping material.
This book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition. None of this is to imply that religion is a form of PTSD, any more than people like Dostoyevsky having spiritual experiences right before temporal lobe epilepsy seizures, taran with similar areas of the brain affected, implies religion is a form of epilepsy.