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Explaining Belief in the Supernatural: Some Thoughts on Paul Bloom’s ‘Religious Belief as an Evolutionary Accident’

Peter van Inwagen

in The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199557028
eISBN:
9780191701719
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores belief in the supernatural, which continues to be an evolutionary puzzle. It also considers the concept of an evolutionary accident. It concludes that there are causes a belief ... More


The Cultural Evolution of Religion

Ara Norenzayan and Will M. Gervais

in Creating Consilience: Integrating the Sciences and the Humanities

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199794393
eISBN:
9780199919338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794393.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Science

This chapter examines the hypothesis that religions facilitate costly behaviors that benefit others. Although sociological surveys reveal an association between self-reports of religiosity and ... More


Science of the Weird

Inoue Enryō Kokkuri

in Pandemonium and Parade: Japanese Monsters and the Culture of Yokai

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520253612
eISBN:
9780520942677
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520253612.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses the intersection of academic discourses and popular recreational practices. It takes a look at yōkaigaku, a discipline created by Inoue Enryō that can rationally explain ... More


Enchanted (Post) Modernity

Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm

in The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780226403229
eISBN:
9780226403533
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226403533.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Religion

This chapter takes as its starting point present-day sociology and anthropology. It shows that today in neither Europe, nor America, nor the rest of the globe can one find the disenchanted world ... More


Mind and Meaning

John Parrington

in Mind Shift: How culture transformed the human brain

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
June 2021
ISBN:
9780198801634
eISBN:
9780191926082
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801634.003.0023
Subject:
Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter addresses how religion might have originated and why it still maintains such a strong hold on the human mind, even amidst the science and technology of the twenty-first century. Since ... More


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