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Religion's Innate Origins and Evolutionary Background

Scott Atran

in The Innate Mind: Volume 2: Culture and Cognition

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195310139
eISBN:
9780199871209
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310139.003.0018
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

This chapter envisions religion, in general, and awareness of the supernatural, in particular, as a converging by-product of several cognitive and emotional mechanisms that evolved under natural ... More


Adding Value

H. Clark Barrett

in The Shape of Thought: How Mental Adaptations Evolve

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199348305
eISBN:
9780199348336
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199348305.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, General

Using concepts developed in chapters 1 and 2, this chapter describes how the evolutionary process progressively adds information-processing features to brains, allowing them to make finer-grained ... More


Hierarchies

Stephen K. Reed

in Cognitive Skills You Need for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780197529003
eISBN:
9780197529034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197529003.003.0007
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Hierarchies are networks that begin with a top node and always add nodes below other nodes. There are no lateral connections so there is only one path connecting any two nodes. Although typically ... More


The Cognitive Science of Religion

Ilkka Pyysiäinen

in Evolution, Religion, and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199688081
eISBN:
9780191767722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199688081.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Religion and Society

This chapter presents the basic tenets of the cognitive science of religion and its development in a specifically evolutionary context. A distinction is made between actual, largely intuitive ... More


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