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Supernatural Selection: How Religion Evolved

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  6 reviews
In 2006, scientist Richard Dawkins published a blockbuster bestseller, The God Delusion. This atheist manifesto sparked a furious reaction from believers, who have responded with numerous books of their own. By pitting science against religion, however, this debate overlooks what science can tell us about religion. According to evolutionary psychologist Matt J. Rossano, wh ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published May 28th 2010 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2010)
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Michael Brady
Homo Sapiens was not always the most successful hominin on the planet. Homo Sapiens did not always have speech, art, or religion. Rebuffed by Homo Neanderthalensis in the Levant 100,000 years ago, Homo Sapiens returned to Africa where the entire species was nearly exterminated by the Mount Toba super-eruption. Homo Sapiens left Africa for the second time ~70,000 years ago and promptly colonized the entire planet. What changed? Why do all human societies have speech, dance, art, and religion? A c ...more
Steve Wiggins
Religion defies easy explantion. Rossano provides an evolutionary approach that makes for some head-scratching and some head-nodding. A clear exposition of a controversial idea. Further remarks at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World.
Peter
Borrowed this from library, too good not to buy, bought ebook , prob worth five stars, very very good
Malory
Jun 22, 2012 Malory rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Malory by: SLP Seminar
Conferenced with the author. Wicked smart and interesting. Sad he couldn't make it to the seminar.
Samantha
Too academically written for me to wade through at the moment despite my curiosity. Maybe later.
Alina
Some interesting ideas here.
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