“Cultures and religions exist, and are explained, to the extent that they reliably express stucturally enduring relationships among mental states and behaviors and where these material relationships enable a given population of individuals to maintain itself in repeated social interaction within a range of ecological contexts. Cultures and religions are not ontologically distinct “superorganisms” or “independent variables” with precise contents or boundaries. They are no more things in and of themselves, or “natural kinds” with their own special laws, than are cloud or sand patterns. Although”


Scott Atran, In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
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In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion (Evolution and Cognition Series) In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion by Scott Atran
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