The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior

March 14, 2012|
The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior by Eckart Voland
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In a Darwinian world, religious behavior - just like other behaviors - is likely to have undergone a process of natural selection in which it was rewarded in the evolutionary currency of reproductive success. This book aims to provide a better understanding of the social scenarios in which selection pressure led to religious practices becoming an evolved human trait, i.e. an adaptive answer to the conditions of living and surviving that prevailed among our prehistoric ancestors. This aim is pursued by a team of expert authors from a range of disciplines. Their contributions examine the relevant physiological, emotional, cognitive and social processes. The resulting understanding of the functional interplay of these processes gives valuable insights into the biological roots and benefits of religion.

From the contents: Introduction.- Evaluating the Evolutionary Status of Religiosity and Religiousness.-Gods, Gains, and Genes.- How Some Major Components of Religion Could Have Evolved by Natural Selection.- The Correlated History of Social Organization, Morality, and Religion.- Is There a Particular Role for Ideational of Religious in...
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Title:The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and BehaviorFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:305 pages, 23.5 X 15.5 X 0.01 inShipping dimensions:305 pages, 23.5 X 15.5 X 0.01 inPublished:March 14, 2012Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:3642260160

ISBN - 13:9783642260162

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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