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Darwin's Apple

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Despite the claims of many academics who recite the same tired explanations for the origins of religion, you know the real reason for religion is still elusive. You're looking for an innovative answer. When Darwin's Apple reviewers tepidly say, "your hypothesis makes sense, seems cogent, and is well-founded" or "it's a reasonable approach" or "you may be on to something," ...more
Kindle Edition, 192 pages
Published August 21st 2013 by Purple Hills Books
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Keith Swenson
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book. Few people know about this gem.

Diamond is an excellent writer. He knows how to make his case clearly and concisely. He makes a case that he believes is unique at this time, and that case is basically this: art, music, dance, mythology, and prayer are not accidents; they did not form as a byproduct of consciousness but as an integral, necessary part of the evolution of consciousness. Consciousness and these other compensating activities co-evolved together: consciousnes
Dec 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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[Note March 12, 2015: I wrote this in December 2013, but I decided to post it now because Mitch recently addressed our meetup group again. He spoke about the hypothesis proposed in his book, using an interesting round-table format in which the group participated with questions, suggestions, and debate. It was good meeting. I am currently reading Consciousness and the Brain: Deciphering How the Brain Codes Our Thoughts by Stanislas Dehaene. Dehaene uses many of the same arguments Mitch uses…but f ...more
Will Staton
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very thoughtful hypothesis on evolution and religion. Although not written for the layperson, Diamond's theory is unique and profound. He builds a case for a new understanding on the nature and purpose of religion defined as a set of practices rather than a dogmatic construction. Diamond proposes that humanity's capacity for those religious acts evolved simultaneously with consciousness precisely to counteract the overwhelming burden of consciousness with which so many are familiar.

Jennifer Hullinger
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the most interesting explanations for ritual and religion I have ever heard. It also endeavors to understand rather than attack, a notion I found quite refreshing and academic. Human nature is something to which we cannot escape, and higher-order consciousness is both a blessing and a curse in this regard. In terms of progress, the Split Hypothesis offers a pathway toward ways to overcome superstition, all while maintaining the comfort of some of its emotional aspects, such as enjoying mu ...more
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