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.

Wulf Schiefenhövel is professor for medical psychology and ethnomedicine at the University of Munich and head of the human ethology group at the Max-Planck-Institute in Andechs, Germany. His main research interests are human ethology and evolutionary medicine, within which he focuses on sexuality and reproduction, human birth beha...
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Title:The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:305 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 in
Shipping dimensions:305 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 in
Published:March 14, 2012
Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/Trade
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9783642260162

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