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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Open Preview See a Problem? The curious thing is that none of this has any reference to the actual structure or content of the Jewish religion. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

In Gods We Trust – Scott Atran – Oxford University Press

Watch for the emotional reaction when these views are challenged. He also goes into some depth about the failure of other proposed explanations including group selection, memes, and a “god module” in the brain. For example, arbitrarily select any news item and see how the different news media present it. Jul 29, Jason Yang rated it liked it.

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In Gods We Trust

For its debunking part alone I would recommend the book, and Atran’s constructive theories are even more valuable than that. But what if you like the message but would ln mind shooting the messenger because of the way he delivered it? 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.


Likewise, the bo Published inIn Gods We Trust seems to have become something of a standard in books on the development of religion in evolutionary theory.

Science and the World’s Religions [3 volumes]. A History of Personality Psychology. Atran managed to combine the old and the new by relating the automatic cognitive operations to existential anxieties. Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture. Want to Read saving….

I still can’t form opinion”. He often cites his own research, which is less than compelling.

The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. Aug wwe, Adam Lewis rated it it was amazing Shelves: The few criticisms I trsut mostly concern style more than substance. 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. Overall, the book is thoroughly researched and Atran has a clear mastery of the relevant literature, which is simply massive.

Likewise, the book’s concluding chapter brings everything back ln and wraps it up. Their cognitive role is to mobilise a more of less fluid and open-textured network of ordinary commonsense beliefs to build logically and factually impossible worlds godz are nevertheless readily conceivable and memorable. It follows that displays of credible commitment are as significant as the behavioural commitments they are meant to signify. Don’t have an account? He then tells us that people do not take the counterintuitive content of their religions literally: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

It is minds that create ideas. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

Real issues are being addressed using the religious part of the brain, which obscures identifying real causes and finding workable solutions. Our Faithfulness to the Past Sue Campbell. For the casual reader i. How to write a great review Do Say what you liked best and least Describe the author’s style Explain the rating you gave Don’t Use rude and profane language Include any personal information Mention spoilers or the book’s price Recap the plot.


Faith, Brotherhood, and the Un Making of Terrorists. Freedom of religion means we get the cherry-pick the religious authority we want to believe.

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However, much of the book is written in a difficult to read academic style, without the focus of a journal submission. I don’t think he does a terribly good godss of this either, but he does describe some interesting things. Godd example, the all-powerful agents of American Imperialism are seen to be behind every problem in the world. What he does do is describe a cognitive backdrop against which religious claims, once they appear from wherever, appear to humans to make sense.

In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion

Atran says that they throw a lot against the wall from tods, Gestalt and more, just to see what might stick. Interpreting an objective authority is the first step toward scientific thinking.

For a short, easy to read piece that sets out some of his key points, see this article.