“All religions have core beliefs that confound these innate expectations about the world, such as faith in physically powerful but essentially bodiless deities. These beliefs grab attention, activate intuition, and mobilize inference in ways that facilitate their social transmission, cultural selection, and historical persistence. New experiments suggest that such beliefs, in small doses, are optimal for memory. This greatly favors their cultural survival. Mature”


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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