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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That it’s one trusst the most thorough refutations of the concept is a bonus. For its debunking part alone I would recommend the book, and Atran’s constructive theories are even more valuable than that. Remember that experimentally controlled and induced hypoxia can also induce an NDE. Simply Rational Gerd Gigerenzer. Contents An Evolutionary Riddle.

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Timelessness implies that cues from the surrounding ttrust, background knowledge, and memory are all irrelevant. Repetition is often a feature of academic writing for the sake of thoroughness, but it feels like the editing was slipshod in some places.

He tells us that souls and spirits are derived from analogy to the dissociated thoughts of dreams and the disembodied movements of shadows. Scholars have a tendency to see the world attan their first major project.

In conclusion, Atran asks whether religion and science atarn coexist in the modern Western world, or whether they are part of a zero-sum game. Arti Narang rated it it was amazing Sep 06, Oxford University PressDec 9, – Philosophy – pages. Not sure how much this is a legit critique and how much an ad hominen; I’ve not read MacDonald. After all, his book does not stick to its topic, so my review will depart from the content of atraan book. Atran attempts an extremely in-depth anaylsis of current research on the cognitive bases of religion.


I found his accounts quite well balanced and in fact his summaries of both the evolutionary and memetical theories seem very instructive. How to write a great review.

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]. The curious thing is that none of this has any reference trsut the actual structure or content of the Jewish religion. Science and secular ideology are poor competitors in this regard.

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We encourage anyone to comment, please consult the oD commenting guidelines if you have any questions. So, this is a very specific review. Great ideas, just a tough one to wade through disclosure – I didn’t make it to the end.

It not only challenges knowledge revealed by Authority, but also the subjective opinion of the individual. In the case of religion, these metarepresentational ideas are never fully assimilated with factual and commonsensical beliefs. He should at least explain what he is doing and why first. This book seeks gpds explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition.

In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

In any case – this is an excellent though a bit dry book and comes with a warm recommendation. Scott Atran uses his experience an anthropologist specializing in the religious beliefs of various native peoples to understand the cognitive basis and evolutionary origin of religion.

I don’t accept that this totally refutes group selection as a whole, but it does work in service against Wilson’s claims. He exhaustively explains the interplay of the various elements on the cognitive, social, and cultural levels.


Race, Culture and Psychotherapy. Those who fall outside the belief system are seen as not only immoral, but positively intent on evil. Especially with adult, chronic PTSD sufferers such as war veterans, before-and-after the event s comparisons of religious belief, as well as the exact nature of change in belief, would surely be fertile neuroscience territory.

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 atrn accommodation of certain existential and moral elements that have evolved in the human condition. The Mess Inside Peter Goldie. This is the guy who testified in defence of David Irving, the British historian who denies that Jews were ever gassed to death at Auschwitz.

It stops just as soon as enough sense is made of a statement to be relevant by providing important new knowledge or rejecting of old knowledge. He doesn’t go very deep – but it seems to me he holds a position seems to be incorrect in the light of recent results The problem is that you can just as well do this with Atran’s preferred cognitive explanations. A respected cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, his publications include Fondement de l’histoire naturelle, Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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. He could have written a great book.