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    Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za Read & download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ E. Fuller Torrey An utterly fascinating absorbing account of the cognitive development of man leading to the origins of religion Over the last 200000 years the human brain has gone through stages of development which can be compared with the development of a child's brain in the first few years of life What took homo sapiens 160000 or so years takes a child 6 or 7 years Around 40000 years ago we became capable of 'autobiograp

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    Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za Read & download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ E. Fuller Torrey E. Fuller Torrey ✓ 8 Free read Very revealing history of homo religious through homo sapiens' brain evolution We follow step by step the evolution of our brain the history of humanity and the apparition et transformation of religions accompanied by political power

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    Read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za E. Fuller Torrey ✓ 8 Free read The book argues that the idea of gods appeared after the brain went through five specific cognitive developments

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    Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za One of the benefits of deciding to reuest books from NetGalley is that it exposes me to academic science writing than I might otherwise find Thanks to Columbia University Press for letting me read this I’m really fascinated by th

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    Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za I am a brain geek with a passing interest in world religions mostly in understanding the psychosocial basis and conseuences of religion so I jumped at the chance to read this book thanks NetGalley It did not disappoint The author posits that religion is a byproduct of human evolution; as our brains evolved to understand ourselves make memories think about death etc religion developed as a means of making sense

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    Read & download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ E. Fuller Torrey Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za Fascinating If you are short of time or get bogged down in the brain anatomy parts each chapter is nicely summarized and you can skip around a bit Long story short our brains weren't able to create religions unt

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    E. Fuller Torrey ✓ 8 Free read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za In this book religion is studied as a naturalistic phenomenon The author uses a cross disciplinary approach to understand the development of religious belief and the “high god” world religions Combining human paleontology primatology archaeology brain research and neuroscience he creates a testable story of the origins of religi

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    Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za Read & download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ E. Fuller Torrey E. Fuller Torrey ✓ 8 Free read Religion and other seemingly abstract ideas have always been of great interest to me How do we conceive of such things? Why do we conc

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    E. Fuller Torrey ✓ 8 Free read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za This is a strong case for the evolutionary origin of religion ie that gods came about as a result of humans' developing brains Here Torrey points toward the acuisition of autobiographical memory and the awareness of death I now understand clearly why I wasn’t wild about Nicholas Wade’s argument in The Faith Instinct How Religion Evolved and Why It Endures IMO Wade overemphasizes the social and narrowly prosocial benefits of religion T

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    Read & download Ì eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ✓ E. Fuller Torrey Evolving Brains Emerging Gods (Pdf or Kindle ePUB) ↠ E. Fuller Torrey – hellobuy.co.za Very intriguing Easy to follow and understand Well researched Food for thought

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Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Characters Ò eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Roposed by Charles Darwin Torrey marshals evidence that the emergence of gods was an incidental conseuence 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 spurr. One of the benefits of deciding to reuest books from NetGalley is that it exposes me to academic science writing than I might otherwise find Thanks to Columbia University Press for letting me read this I m really fascinated by the study of religion from a sociological and anthropological perspective I love to learn about the history of religions and also about how we know what we know Evolving Brains Emerging Gods looks at the origins of gods in the sense of anthropomorphic beings with discrete identities and roles from the perspective of evolutionary neuroscience E Fuller Torrey traces the cognitive development of the human brain over time and attempts to link the advent of specific capabilities increased intelligence self awareness theory of mind introspection and autobiographical memory to the development of the concept of gods The result is an interesting mixture of evolution cognitive neuroscience and religious anthropology although it s probably heavier on the first twoDiscussion of religion aside I found this book very clearly debunks some of the myths and pitfalls that crop up when thinking as a lay person about evolution For example during the introduction Torrey explains that when discussing when certain cognitive developments occurred is always going to be a vague thingArguing that a specific cognitive skill is associated with a specific stage of hominin evolution of course does not mean that this skill developed only at that timeEvolution doesn t have clear dividing lines Torrey reminds us throughout the book that our record is scattered incomplete and biased in terms of what types of materials are likely to be preserved and where we are likely to find them The study of evolution and human prehistory then is fraught with all the complications that this imperfect picture of the past must create Ultimately we have to accept that there are some things we just may never know for certain even if we can come up with a few very compelling albeit competing theoriesI also like how Torrey nudges us away from the simplistic picture of the evolutionary ladder For those of us fortunate enough to actually learn about evolution in schools sometimes we get the mistaken impression that it was a discrete and one dimensional progression from Australopithecus to H habilis to H erectus and so on And indeed at one point this might have been the thinking but science changes even as our schools and textbooks are slow to adaptPreviously it was thought that Homo erectus had descended from Homo habilis but recent archeological research suggests that Homo habilis and Homo erectus lived side by side in what is now northern Kenya for almost half a million years making this evolutionary seuence less likelyAdditionally Torrey does a good job communicating the impressive spans of time at work here H habilis and H erectus lived side by side for 500000 years That s longer than we ve been around as a species and about 100 times longer than we ve had writingOn a related note you really do get a sense of how human development seems to have accelerated dramatically over the past 100000 years We went from nascent tribal groupings to civilizations to spaceflight in what is practically an evolutionary blink of an eye Each cognitive development whatever spurred it on made it easier for the next development to happen Evolution is somewhat random but it is also a series of intense feedback cyclesI also appreciate how Torrey links cognitive development so explicitly to technological and cultural innovation This might seem self evident but we forget this and tend to project our own current cognitive capacity backwards So it wasn t just a case of for X thousands of years no human ever noticed something or tried whatever it was that led to an invention or a new idea As Torrey illustrates it might have been that for that long we were neurologically incapable of noticing or of having that idea or of doing whatever was reuired to make that leapIt s just so weird and wonderful to think about how the structures in our brains literally make us who we are and determine how we can thinkTorrey goes into great detail explaining human evolutionary history As you can see this is what stuck with me most For better or worse the actual thesis how we developed ideas of gods sometimes felt like it was lurking in the background waiting in the wings for us to get far enough along in history for Torrey to really talk about the evidence at hand It isn t until the penultimate chapter or so that we actually talk much about gods per se I don t think this is a fault of the book s structure itself so much as you know the facts available to us Just be aware going in that this is so a book about evolution and neuroscience that just so happens to talk a lot about gods and beliefsThe last chapter very briefly examines some of the other theories most of them sociological that have been proposed to explain gods I don t want to be too harsh here because Torrey up front notes that this is about as short of a survey as you can get and still call it a survey Still it is very concise Of Julian Jaynes famous bicameral mind theory Torrey sums up his dismissal in a single sentence Jaynes s thesis is at odds with almost everything known about the evolution of the human brain Although I lol d at such treatment I was hoping for a bit of a takedown I guess that s what the 40% of the book that s endnotes are for No joke I love a book that is significantly composed of endnotesAnyone who has a basic scientific understanding of human evolution ie you won t find the language in here too difficult will probably enjoy improving the depth of their understanding here If like me you want to learn a lot about the history of religion you re not necessarily going to learn as much as you might think but there s still some good stuff here In the end Torrey succeeds in showing me how the gradual evolution of the human brain played an integral role in our ability to conceive of and use gods whatever they might be

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Evolving Brains Emerging Gods

Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Characters Ò eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Ing belief in an alternative to death Torrey details the neurobiological seuence 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. Religion and other seemingly abstract ideas have always been of great interest to me How do we conceive of such things Why do we conceive of such things and I found this book to be very helpful to my own investigations Torrey traces evidence of human brain evolution and of religious practice how it began why it began where it has come from and where it is going He elaborately explains what sets us apart from other creatures and why such a difference exists I fell in love with this book from the first page and was hardly able to put it down Of course we will never really know how religion came to exist and under what circumstances but we can certainly see why it continues to exist today and why it has had such a profound effect on our species And religion is just one of many effects itself ie an effect of an active well developed emotional center in the brain an effect of our ability to introspect an effect of being able to conceptualize time frames in past present future etc making it both cause and effect

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Evolving Brains Emerging Gods Characters Ò eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Read Evolving Brains Emerging Gods 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 uestion Evolving Brains Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain arguing that religious belief is a by product of evolutionBased on an idea originally p. Very revealing history of homo religious through homo sapiens brain evolution We follow step by step the evolution of our brain the history of humanity and the apparition et transformation of religions accompanied by political power We could almost say political religions so they work hand in hand The stronger the power of a country and its main religion the stronger and wider the religion becameIt can also be said that if political power has had such a hold on people it is because of their fear of war disease and death in all its forms and the assurance of religions to escape it The faith humans had in their gods the powerful the political power sitting on the same throne as them becameBut isn t it time to separate political power from the religious Isn t it time to recognize that no religion has allowed us to escape our fears uite the contraryLet us wake up Our brains are now evolved enough to do without religionsThanks to GR giveaways the publisher and the author for a copy of this excellent and very accessible book

  • Hardcover
  • 312
  • Evolving Brains Emerging Gods
  • E. Fuller Torrey
  • English
  • 11 June 2020
  • 9780231183369