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The Believing PrimateScientific, Philosophical, and Theological Reflections on the Origin of Religion$
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Jeffrey Schloss and Michael Murray

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199557028

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557028.001.0001

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Religiosity as Mental Time-travel

Religiosity as Mental Time-travel

Cognitive Adaptations for Religious Behavior

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The Believing Primate

Joseph Bulbulia

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This chapter focuses on ‘religiosity’, which describes believing in superhuman reality, and all practices related to these beliefs. It explores the ‘commitment-signalling’ model for religion, in which evolutionary processes favour religions that are prone to local beliefs and customs, which in turn, links to powerful emotional and motivational states. It discusses how religious persons are able to experience superhuman agents while still engaged with reality, through the model. The chapter ends by saying that religion is a variety of ‘mental time-travel’, that people rely on very unnatural fictions over their reality.

Keywords:   religiosity, superhuman reality, cognitive adaptations, commitment-signalling model of religion

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