Religion's evolutionary landscape: Counterintuition, commitment, compassion, communion

  title={Religion's evolutionary landscape: Counterintuition, commitment, compassion, communion},
  author={Scott Atran and Ara Norenzayan},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={713 - 730}
Religion is not an evolutionary adaptation per se, but a recurring cultural by-product of the complex evolutionary landscape that sets cognitive, emotional, and material conditions for ordinary human interactions. Religion exploits only ordinary cognitive processes to passionately display costly devotion to counterintuitive worlds governed by supernatural agents. The conceptual foundations of religion are intuitively given by task-specific panhuman cognitive domains, including folkmechanics… Expand
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