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The Resource Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey

Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey

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Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion
Title
Evolving brains, emerging gods
Title remainder
early humans and the origins of religion
Statement of responsibility
E. Fuller Torrey
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Early humans and the origins of religion
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Language
eng
Summary
"Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics, meanwhile, have attempted to turn theology on its head, claiming that religion is a human invention. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate question. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution. Based on an idea originally proposed by Charles Darwin, Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental consequence of several evolutionary factors. Using data ranging from ancient skulls and artifacts to brain imaging, primatology, and child development studies, this book traces how new cognitive abilities gave rise to new behaviors. For instance, autobiographical memory, the ability to project ourselves backward and forward in time, gave Homo sapiens a competitive advantage. However, it also led to comprehension of mortality, spurring belief in an alternative to death. Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments. This book does not dismiss belief but rather presents religious belief as an inevitable outcome of brain evolution. Providing clear and accessible explanations of evolutionary neuroscience, Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods will shed new light on the mechanics of our deepest mysteries" --
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1937-
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Torrey, E. Fuller
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Religion
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Brain
  • Religion
  • Brain
  • Biological Evolution
  • Anthropology of religion
  • Brain
  • Religion
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
  • RELIGION
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Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey
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Publication
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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Contents
Introduction : the brain, home of the gods -- 1. Homo habilis : a smarter self -- 2. Homo erectus : an aware self -- 3. Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals) : an empathic self -- 4. Early Homo sapiens : an introspective self -- 5. Modern Homo sapiens : a temporal self -- 6. Ancestors and agriculture : a spiritual self -- 7. Governments and gods : a theistic self -- 8. Other theories of the origins of gods -- Appendix A: The evolution of the brain -- Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead
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on1000396719
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unknown
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1 online resource (xv, 291 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231183369
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
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99978657622
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illustrations
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1025307
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remote
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(OCoLC)1000396719
Label
Evolving brains, emerging gods : early humans and the origins of religion, E. Fuller Torrey
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : the brain, home of the gods -- 1. Homo habilis : a smarter self -- 2. Homo erectus : an aware self -- 3. Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals) : an empathic self -- 4. Early Homo sapiens : an introspective self -- 5. Modern Homo sapiens : a temporal self -- 6. Ancestors and agriculture : a spiritual self -- 7. Governments and gods : a theistic self -- 8. Other theories of the origins of gods -- Appendix A: The evolution of the brain -- Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead
Control code
on1000396719
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xv, 291 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231183369
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
99978657622
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
1025307
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1000396719

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