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

E. Fuller Torrey
Format
Book
Published
New York : Columbia University Press, [2017]
Language
English
ISBN
9780231183369, 0231183364, 9780231544863
Contents
  • Introduction: The brain, home of the gods
  • Part 1. The making of the gods. Homo habilis : a smarter self ; Homo erectus : an aware self ; Archaic Homo sapiens (Neandertals) : an empathic self ; Early Homo sapiens : an introspective self ; Modern Homo sapiens : a temporal self
  • Part 2. The emergence of the gods. Ancestors and agriculture : a spiritual self ; Governments and gods : a theistic self ; Other theories of the origins of gods
  • Appendix A: The evolution of the brain
  • Appendix B: Dreams as proof of the existence of a spirit world and land of the dead.
Description
xv, 291 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-277) and index.
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