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E. Fuller Torrey ( ebook ) Evolving Brains Emerging Gods

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Roposed by Charles Darwin Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental conseuence of several evolutionary factors Using data ranging from ancient skulls and artifacts to brain imaging primatology and child development studies this book traces how new cognitive abilities gave rise to new behaviors For instance autobiographical memory the ability to project ourselves backward and forward in time gave Homo sapiens a competitive advantage However it also led to comprehension of mortality spurr One of the benefits of deciding to reuest books from NetGalley is that it exposes me to academic science writing than I might otherwise find Thanks to Columbia University Press for letting me read this I m really fascinated by the study of religion from a sociological and anthropological perspective I love to learn about the history of religions and also about how we know what we know Evolving Brains Emerging Gods looks at the origins of gods in the sense of anthropomorphic beings with discrete identities and roles from the perspective of evolutionary neuroscience E Fuller Torrey traces the cognitive development of the human brain over time and attempts to link the advent of specific capabilitie

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Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans Atheist humanist and materialist critics meanwhile have attempted to turn theology on its head claiming that religion is a human invention In this book E Fuller Torrey draws on cutting edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate uestion Evolving Brains Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain arguing that religious belief is a by product of evolutionBased on an idea originally p The book argues that the idea of gods appeared after the brain went through five specific cognitive developments significant increase in the brain Homo habilis development of self awareness Homo erectus theory of mind archaic Homo sapiens introspective ability to reflect on their own thoughts early Homo sapiens and autobiographical memory modern Homo sapiens Of course the idea that the emergence of the concept of gods was connected to evolution is not new it was first expressed by Darwin himself The author supports the theory that the most recent evolved brain areas which are termed terminal and are associated with most cognitive skills contributed to the development of the idea of godFor the need of s

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Ing belief in an alternative to death Torrey details the neurobiological seuence that explains why the gods appeared when they did connecting archaeological findings including clothing art farming and urbanization to cognitive developments This book does not dismiss belief but rather presents religious belief as an inevitable outcome of brain evolution Providing clear and accessible explanations of evolutionary neuroscience Evolving Brains Emerging Gods will shed new light on the mechanics of our deepest mysteries Religion and other seemingly abstract ideas have always been of great interest to me How do we conceive of such things Why do we conceive of such things and I found this book to be very helpful to my own investigations Torrey traces evidence of human brain evolution and of religious practice how it began why it began where it has come from and where it is going He elaborately explains what sets us apart from other creatures and why such a difference exists I fell in love with this book from the first page and was hardly able to put it down Of course we will never really know how religion came to exist and under what circumstances but we can certainly see why it continues to exist today and why


10 thoughts on “Evolving Brains Emerging Gods

  1. says:

    An utterly fascinating absorbing account of the cognitive development of man leading to the origins of religion Over the last 200000 years the human brain has gone through stages of development which can be compared with the develop

  2. says:

    Very revealing history of homo religious through homo sapiens' brain evolution We follow step by step the evolution of our brain the history of humanity and the apparition et transformation of religions accompanied by political power We could almost say political religions so they work hand in hand The stronger the power of a country and its main religion the stronger and wider the religion becameIt can also be

  3. says:

    The book argues that the idea of gods appeared after the brain went through five specific cognitive developments significant increase in the brain Homo habilis development of self awareness Homo erectus theory of mind archaic Homo sapiens introspective ability to reflect on their own thoughts early Homo sapiens and autobiographical memory modern Homo sapiens Of course the idea that the emergence of the concept

  4. says:

    One of the benefits of deciding to reuest books from NetGalley is that it exposes me to academic science writing than I might otherwise find Thanks to Columbia University Press for letting me read this I’m really fascinated by the study of religion from a sociological and anthropological perspective I love to learn about the history of religions and also about how we know what we know Evolving Brains Emerging Gods looks at the origins o

  5. says:

    I am a brain geek with a passing interest in world religions mostly in understanding the psychosocial basis and conseuenc

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    Fascinating If you are short of time or get bogged down in the brain anatomy parts each chapter is nicely summariz

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    In this book religion is studied as a naturalistic phenomenon The author uses a cross disciplinary approach to understand the develop

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    Religion and other seemingly abstract ideas have always been of great interest to me How do we conceive of such things Why do we conceive of such things and I found this book to be very helpful to my own investigations Torrey traces evidence of human brain evolution and of religious practice how it began why it began whe

  9. says:

    This is a strong case for the evolutionary origin of religion ie that gods came about as a result of humans' developing brains Here Torrey points toward the acuisition of autobiographical memory and the awareness of death I now understand clearly why I wasn’t wild about Nicholas Wade’s argument in The Faith Instinct How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures IMO Wade overemphasizes the social and narrowly prosocial bene

  10. says:

    Very intriguing Easy to follow and understand Well researched Food for thought

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