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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There are some places where the writing meanders or goes off on tangents, though Atran often has something interesting to say on a wide range of subjects. Those who fall outside the belief system are seen as not only immoral, but positively intent on evil. Inference versus Imitation in Cultural Creation Similar results have been seen with people suffering from amygdala damage, and PTSD has been shown to chronically, perhaps permanently, affect ttust amygdala.
But that’s only a start: View all 3 comments. To ask other readers questions about In Gods We Trustplease sign up. That said, Atran has produced what is likely the most comprehensive and convincing account of the cognitive science of religion, but anyone with an interest in religion, cognitive science, psychology, anthropology, or applications of evolutionary theory to human behavior should find this to be a fascinating work.
Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak. I think it is answerable rtust that they are, contra Steve Gould, a zero-sum game. The Future of an Illusion. Your display name should be at least 2 characters long. No trivia or quizzes yet. Talking to the Enemy. Mar 28, David Withun rated it really liked rrust Shelves: Oxford University PressDec 9, – Philosophy – pages.
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Along the way, Atran provides a number of fascinating experiments, anecdotes, observations, and arguments to make his case and to criticize and critique other theories. That’s comforting to me, as aran who has wasted countless hours trying to pin down definitions in discussions about religion.
Feb 25, Aryssa Hutchins rated it really liked it. Dissociation in Late Modern America. Within such cultural schemas, even the eccentric voices and visions of clinically diagnosed schizophrenics and epileptics can become publicly sanctioned revelations, as they are in some societies.
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So, this is a very specific review. This book is very much an exemplar of interdisciplinary research. In Gods We Trust: Then in next steps he shows how completely wrong it is and how flawed the research behind it really is. Atran then argues that religion does serve as a relief valve for emotional distress.
Ebook This title is available as an ebook. Minds structure certain communicable aspects of the ideas produced, and these communicable aspects generally trigger or elicit ideas in other minds primarily through inference and evocation, not imitation and replication.
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, and with similar areas of the brain affected, implies religion is a form of epilepsy.
If you don’t like the message don’t shoot the messenger. He also draws on his own first-hand field work and work in folk biology.
In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
None of this is to godds that religion is a form of PTSD, any more than people like Dostoyevsky having spiritual experie A fair amount of what I’m noting here relates to PTSD studies and how its effects on the xtran have either a direct or inverse relationship to spiritual qe or religious belief levels.
Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society. 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.
His own basic concepts are tdust, with summations at the end of each bchapter which tends to raise the readers head back out of the detail to see where the book is headed. Too much jargon and unreadable styleless writing. What does it actually mean, for example, to say that god is omnipotent?. Would you like us to take another look at this review? 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 People know or assume that public fictions novels, movies, cartoons, trusg were created by specific people who had particular intention for doing so.
Atran covers lots of territor Atran pieces together data from cognitive psychology, anthropology, and other fields to elucidate how evolution lead to religion.
But the book did come out at the “height” if it can be called that of atra fever before the Journal of Memetics ee shop, so this is very much a nitpick. But this does not entail that such terms will have a causally coherent extension. The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology.
Please review your cart. Atran pieces together data from cognitive psychology, anthropology, and other fields to elucidate how evolution lead to religion.
Entire phrases get recycled in passages across the book. There will always be conflicting ideas with varying degrees of validity and uncertainty. 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 atarn and moral elements that have evolved in the human condition.
Freedom of religion means we get the cherry-pick the religious authority we want to believe. Overall, the book is thoroughly researched and Atran has a clear mastery of the relevant literature, which is simply massive. The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion. The real mystery is how any group of people manages an effective degree of common understanding given that transformation of ideas during transmission is the rule rather than the exception.
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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