The Biological Evolution of Religious Mind and Behavior

In a Darwinian world, religious behavior - just like other behaviors - is likely to have undergone a process of natural selection in which it was rewarded in the evolutionary currency of reproductive success. This book aims to provide a better understanding of the social scenarios in which selection...

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Corporate Author: SpringerLink (Online service)
Other Authors: Voland, Eckart (Editor), Schiefenhövel, Wulf (Editor)
Format: eBook
Published: Berlin, Heidelberg Springer Berlin Heidelberg 2009, 2009
Edition:1st ed. 2009
Series:The Frontiers Collection
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Collection: Springer eBooks 2005- - Collection details see MPG.ReNa
Table of Contents:
  • Evaluating the Evolutionary Status of Religiosity and Religiousnessreligiousness
  • Gods, Gains, and Genes
  • How Some Major Components of Religion Could Have Evolved by Natural Selection?
  • The Correlated History of Social Organization, Moralitymorality , and Religion
  • Is There a Particular Role for Ideational Aspects of Religions in Human Behavioral Ecology?
  • Talk and Tradition: Why the Least Interesting Components of Religion May Be the Most Evolutionarily Important
  • The Reproductive Benefits of Religious Affiliation
  • The African Interregnum: The “Where,” “When,” and “Why” of the Evolution of Religion
  • Explaining the Inexplicable: Traditional and Syncretistic Religiosity in Melanesia
  • Authoritarianism,Religiousness,religiousness and Conservatismconservatism : Is “Obedience to Authority” the Explanation for Their Clustering, Universality and Evolution?
  • Cognitive Foundations in the Development of a Religious Mind
  • Religious Belief and Neurocognitive Processes of the Self
  • Neurologic Constraints on Evolutionary Theories of Religion
  • On Shared Psychological Mechanisms of Religiousnessreligiousness and Delusional Beliefs
  • Cognitive Foundations of Religiosity
  • The Religious System as Adaptive: Cognitive Flexibility, Public Displays, and Acceptance
  • The Evolution of Evolutionary Theories of Religion
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Religion – What They Can and What They Cannot Explain (Yet)