Minds and Gods The Cognitive Foundations of Religion

ISBN-10: 0195305345
ISBN-13: 9780195305340
Edition: 2006
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Description: This provocative book explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas on the basis of common structures and functions of human thought. The first general introduction to the new "cognitive science of religion," Minds and Gods presents the  More...

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Book details

List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/2/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This provocative book explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas on the basis of common structures and functions of human thought. The first general introduction to the new "cognitive science of religion," Minds and Gods presents the major themes, theories, and thinkers involved in this revolutionary new approach to human religiosity. Arguing that we cannot understand what we think until we first understand how we think, the book pursues the evolutionary forces that molded the modern human mind and continue to shape our ideas and actions today. Todd Tremlin details many of the adapted features of the brain - illustrating their operation with examples of everyday human behavior - and shows how mental endowments inherited from our ancestral past lead people to naturally entertain religious ideas. Tremlin provides a clear and comprehensive account of the developing field of the cognitive science of religion. This accessible and engaging volume is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the religious mind.

Introduction
The Prehistoric Roots of the Modern Mind
The Architecture of the Modern Mind
Minds, Other Minds, and the Minds of Gods
Gods and Why They Matter
Gods and Religious Systems
Cognition and Religious Systems
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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