9780231183376-0231183372-Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion

Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion

ISBN-13: 9780231183376
ISBN-10: 0231183372
Edition: Reprint
Author: Torrey, E. Fuller
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 312 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780231183376
ISBN-10: 0231183372
Edition: Reprint
Author: Torrey, E. Fuller
Publication date: 2019
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Format: Paperback 312 pages

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Acknowledged authors Torrey, E. Fuller wrote Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion comprising 312 pages back in 2019. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0231183372 and 9780231183376. Since then Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 3.93 or rent at the marketplace.

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Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics, meanwhile, have attempted to turn theology on its head, claiming that religion is a human invention. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate question. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution.

Based on an idea originally proposed by Charles Darwin, Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental consequence of several evolutionary factors. Using data ranging from ancient skulls and artifacts to brain imaging, primatology, and child development studies, this book traces how new cognitive abilities gave rise to new behaviors. For instance, autobiographical memory, the ability to project ourselves backward and forward in time, gave Homo sapiens a competitive advantage. However, it also led to comprehension of mortality, spurring belief in an alternative to death. Torrey details the neurobiological sequence that explains why the gods appeared when they did, connecting archaeological findings including clothing, art, farming, and urbanization to cognitive developments. This book does not dismiss belief but rather presents religious belief as an inevitable outcome of brain evolution. Providing clear and accessible explanations of evolutionary neuroscience, Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods will shed new light on the mechanics of our deepest mysteries.

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