In Gods We Trust has ratings and 23 reviews. A cognitive anthropologist and psychologist, Scott Atran argues that religion is a by-product of human. Recommended by Caspar Henderson: “In Gods We Trust is not easy Scott Atran – an anthropologist who has studied cultures as different as. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Atran, Scott, In gods we trust: the evolutionary landscape of religion / Scott Atran. p. cm. — (Evolution .

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The use of a holy book has two contradictory results.

Simply Rational Gerd Gigerenzer. After truzt, his book does not stick to its topic, so my review will depart from the content of his book. Atran poses some interesting perspectives on possible selection motifs in religious practice. So what is this book about? People know or assume that public fictions novels, movies, cartoons, etc were created by specific people who had particular intention for doing so.

Especially with adult, chronic PTSD sufferers such as war veterans, before-and-after the event s comparisons of religious belief, as well as the exact nature of change in belief, would surely be fertile neuroscience territory. In fact, it’s pretty hard going, but certainly worth the effort so far.


Likewise, the book’s concluding chapter brings everything back together and wraps it up. Continue shopping Checkout Continue shopping. So a great work of considerable interest but a flawed work It suggests that scientific thinking has a hard time matching what religion can provide in some situations.

In Gods We Trust

The fact that religious beliefs do not lend themselves to any kind of clear and final comprehension allows their learning, teaching, exegesis, and circumstantial application to go on forever. University Press Scholarship Online.

Sep 02, Adam rated it liked it Shelves: Science and Religion On occasion we are treated to some good writing. Religion abhors the competition for truth. The Shape of Thought H. Those who fall outside the belief system are seen as not only immoral, but positively intent on evil. Persistence through Time in Spinoza. Govs 05, Mark Isaak rated it really liked it.

In Gods We Trust – Scott Atran – Oxford University Press

Mar 15, Nebuchadnezzar rated it it was amazing Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.


He currently directs an international, multidisciplinary project on the natural history of the Lowland Maya. Chefranden rated it really liked it Nov 29, That may sound a bit dry, I know, but the book is packed with fascinating examples and opens vistas into world views you may not have thought about very much. Repetition is often a feature of academic writing for the sake of thoroughness, but it feels like the editing was slipshod in some places.

The problem is that you can just as well do this with Atran’s preferred cognitive explanations. Oct 26, Suhrob rated it really liked it.

That would be from the thin air, Atran says, or more specifically and technically, hypoxia. No trivia or quizzes yet. His work to dismantle certain ideas of others is a useful endevour.

He should at least explain what he is doing and why first. It’s important to understand that suicide itself is a part of something wider and more complex. Refresh and try again. Culture and Reflexivity in Systemic Psychotherapy.