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Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought
The first classic of 21st-century anthropology."--John Tooby and Leda Cosmides, University of California, Santa Barbara. Many of our questions about religion, says renowned anthropologist PascalExpand
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The Naturalness of Religious Ideas: A Cognitive Theory of Religion
Why do people have religious ideas? And why thosereligious ideas? The main theme of Pascal Boyer's work is that important aspects of religious representations are constrained by universal propertiesExpand
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Why ritualized behavior? Precaution Systems and action parsing in developmental, pathological and cultural rituals
Ritualized behavior, intuitively recognizable by its stereotypy, rigidity, repetition, and apparent lack of rational motivation, is found in a variety of life conditions, customs, and everydayExpand
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Evolutionary economics of mental time travel?
  • P. Boyer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1 June 2008
What is the function of our capacity for 'mental time travel'? Evolutionary considerations suggest that vivid memory and imaginative foresight may be crucial cognitive devices for human decisionExpand
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Religious thought and behaviour as by-products of brain function
  • P. Boyer
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  • 1 March 2003
Religious concepts activate various functionally distinct mental systems, present also in non-religious contexts, and 'tweak' the usual inferences of these systems. They deal with detection andExpand
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Cognitive templates for religious concepts: cross-cultural evidence for recall of counter-intuitive representations
Presents results of free-recall experiments conducted in France, Gabon and Nepal, to test predictions of a cognitive model of religious concepts. Expand
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What Makes Anthropomorphism Natural: Intuitive Ontology and Cultural Representations
Il n'est pas rare que l'anthropologie explique la projection d'attributs humains sur des domaines non-humains comme la consequence d'une tendance a l'animisme et d'un type anthropomorphisme que l'onExpand
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Explaining moral religions
Moralizing religions, unlike religions with morally indifferent gods or spirits, appeared only recently in some (but not all) large-scale human societies. A crucial feature of these new religions isExpand
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Whence Collective Rituals? A Cultural Selection Model of Ritualized Behavior
Ritualized behavior is a specific way of organizing the flow of action, characterized by stereotypy, rigidity in performance, a feeling of compulsion, and specific themes, in particular the potentialExpand
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