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Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion

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In this book the noted cognitive archaeologist David Lewis-Williams confronts a question that troubles many people in the world today: Is there a supernatural realm that intervenes in the material world of daily life and leads to the evolution of religions?


Professor Lewis-Williams first describes how science developed within the cocoon of religion and then shows how the na
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Thames & Hudson
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Al Bità
Dec 31, 2016 Al Bità rated it really liked it
Lewis-Williams is convinced that religion ultimately has a neurological origin: i.e. it is a construct of the human brain. His book deals with a cool, dispassionate and quite thorough presentation of why he has this belief.

He is also firm in the belief that it is not possible ever to reconcile 'religion' and 'science' as being two separate ways of knowing. There is only one way of knowing (and that is through science), and it is only comparatively recently that humanity has had access to increas
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Michael Brady
David Lewis-Williams authored two of my favorite books that I've read in recent years, The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art (2002), and, Inside the Neolithic Mind: Consciousness, Cosmos and the Realm of the Gods (2005). The Mind in the Cave figured heavily in a paper I wrote for my Masters and I have looked forward to additional synthesis of his ideas. Inside the Neolithic Mind is also an important work, but I'm most interested in trying to figure out what happened back in ...more
Adam Lewis
Excellent addition to the literature of scientifically explaining religion, but unpersuasive in some of its claims.

David Lewis-Williams has written an excellent book with "Conceiving God." It is learned, clearly written, and synthesizes (as any explanation of religion must) many fields of study to make its case. Covered here are a range of topics including the differences in the epistemological methods of science and religion as well as an interesting discussion on the history of science.

The aut
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Anne
Feb 19, 2016 Anne rated it really liked it
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His theory of why man conceived religion is not exactly what I expected, but quite different from anything I had ever been taught or ever figured out for myself. I'm not sure I agree with him and I still have LotS of questions, but I'm glad I read the book.
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Lewis-Williams had been interested in archaeology in his youth.[2] When interviewed on 19 February 2014 in his office at the Rock Art Research Institute (RARI) at WITS, Lewis-Williams related that in the early days of apartheid, there were very few English-speaking archaeology teaching posts available. One was held by John Goodwin at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the other was held by Clar ...more
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