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. In got trust. Scott Atran In Gods We Trust The Evolutionary Landscape Of Religion (Evolution And Cognition). Topics atheism. Collection. 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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For the academic reader, Atran’s book is probably very valuable.

It suggests that scientific thinking has a hard time matching what religion can provide in some situations. Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: If you are only going to read one book on the topic I’d recommend Religion Explained.

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In Gods We Trust – Scott Atran – Oxford University Press

In Gods We Trust is exemplary of the rigid objective scrutiny of the scientific method. Wilson blurbed that book, such plugging is absent from Atran’s work. The Evolution of Minds. Along the way, Atran provides a number of fascinating experiments, anecdotes, observations, and arguments to make his case and godss criticize and critique other theories.

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 existent This ambitious, interdisciplinary book seeks to explain the origins of religion using our knowledge of the evolution of cognition.


Towards an Anthropology of Scienceand Folk Biology. It is not likely, however, that natural selection has had the time to cause the difference.

But can we really form an opinion? 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 and highly functional mental frameworks, reducing error rates massively.

This has unfortunately often been the exception rather than the rule in much psychological evolutionary theorizing, but Atran eschews cartoonish hypotheses like the alleged “god module” in the brain. Added to PP index Total downloads 35of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 3 i, of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

Sociobiology in Philosophy of Biology. Gems in a Stream of Consciousness Anthropologists are trained in cultural relativism, to understand a different way of thinking without pre-judging. Atran offers an innovative and interesting look at religious thought.

I’m still interested in the ideas, so I’d love a Cliffnotes version or something.

Major factors include a predisposition to infer agency, costly signaling of commitment to reduce free riders, and increased memory for stories with some, but not too many, irrational surprises. Science and secular ideology are poor competitors in this regard. To ask other readers questions about In Gods We Trustplease sign up. Publications Pages Publications Pages. 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.


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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran

Thus, religion in this sense is a neutral vessel through which human experience flows. Atran then argues that religion does serve as a relief valve for emotional distress. Selected pages Title Page. This is by atraj means an introductory book, nor is it easily accessible to the general reader.

In Gods We Trust

An agent is an entity that “instigates and controls its own wtran such as a person or an animal. I hope the publisher corrects this in later editions. Atran covers lots of territor Atran pieces together data from cognitive psychology, anthropology, and other fields to elucidate how evolution lead to religion.