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Minds and Gods: The Cognitive Foundations of Religion

Todd Tremlin

Abstract

This book provides an introduction to the cognitive science of religion, a new discipline of study that explains the origins and persistence of religious ideas and behavior on the basis of evolved mental structures and functions of the human brain. Belief in gods and the social formation of religion have their genesis in biology — in powerful, often hidden, processes of cognition that all humans share. Arguing that we cannot understand what we think until we first understand how we think, the book describes ways in which evolution by natural selection molded the modern human mind, resulting in ... More

Keywords: cognitive science of religion, cognition, human brain/mind, human evolution, natural selection, mental modularity, religious ideas, gods, dual processing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195305340
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195305345.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Todd Tremlin, author
Central Michigan University
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