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The Evolution of the Human Mind: From Supernaturalism to Naturalism: An Anthropological Perspective

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For ages the events of human experience were explained by recourse to supernatural agents and forces. Given the rudimentary intellectual tools then available to the human race, no better explanations were possible. Over the ensuing centuries, the ideas and methods of empirical science came into being and were applied to all aspects of human experience. Conceptions of life, ...more
Paperback, 489 pages
Published July 25th 2010 by Percheron Press
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Ken Perrott
Nov 16, 2010 Ken Perrott rated it it was amazing
With a subtitle “From Supernaturalism to Naturalism” this book obviously covers a breathtaking view of the human mind’s evolution. It’s well over 400 pages long and has 35 pages of references. It could be intimidating but it is not. Far from it.

This is not a dry academic tome. The writing style is economical but clear. Also, each of the 26 chapters is broken into brief sections rarely more than a few page long. The reader has no time to get bored or distracted from the content.

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Mark Wardle
Nov 25, 2010 Mark Wardle rated it it was amazing
Brilliant. Explains the entire history and evolution of religious ideology from the ancient emergence of man's belief in a human soul to the present day. It explains not only what forms religion has taken, but why it has (that is the REAL reasons it has). It goes on to illustrate the struggle between supernaturalism and naturalism that has resulted from the rise of scientific empiricism. It's definitely worth your time if you want to understand religion and its role in human life.
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Born in New York City on June 4, 1927, Robert Leonard Carneiro earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1949 from the University of Michigan and his Master’s degree in 1952. He earned his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1957 from the University of Michigan.

At the University of Wisconsin, Carneiro served as a Professor from 1956 to 1957. From 1957 to 1969 he was the Assistant to the Associ
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