Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to Religion: A Biocultural Approach to the Study of Religion

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This book provides a general introduction to the biological and evolutionary bases of religion and is suitable for introductory level courses  in  the anthropology and psychology of religion and comparative religion.

Why did human ancestors everywhere adopt religious beliefs and customs? The presence and persistence of many religious features across the globe and time suggests that it is natural for humans to believe in the supernatural. In this new text, the authors explore both the biological and cultural dimensions of religion and the evolutionary origins of religious features.

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Supernatural as Natural examines ways in which our religious beliefs and experiences are products of our biological make-up. This book takes as its fundamental starting point the insight that humans are animals whose primary means of adapting to the world is culture, including religion.

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Michael Winkelman, Ph.D. (University of California-Irvine), M.P.H. (University of Arizona) is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University. He served as President of the Anthropology of Consciousness section of the American Anthropological Association, as was the founding President of its Anthropology of Religion Section. His principal publications on shamanism include Shamans, Priests and Witches (1992) and Shamanism (2000).  He has also addressed the role of psychedelic medicines in shamanism in his co-edited Psychedelic Medicine.

 

John Baker, Dr. Phil. (Universität Hamburg, Germany) is a Professor of Anthropology at Moorpark College. He has authored several papers on the constructive use of altered states of consciousness and on the history and ritual uses of psychoactive substances. He is presently serving as the President of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness.

 

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Book Description Routledge, 2008. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Supernatural as Natural: A Biocultural Approach to ReligionPrefaceIntroductionReligion's Family ResemblancesReligion, Spirituality, and ReligiosityOverview of BookChapter 1: Anthropology and the Study of ReligionIntroduction to the Anthropological Study of ReligionWestern Perspectives on ReligionThe Development of Anthropological Approaches to ReligionThe Four-Field Approach of AnthropologyConclusion: The Biocultural Approach to the Study of ReligiosityChapter 2: Our World and How We Know ItIntroductionScience, Religion, and the UniverseMysticism as ScienceConclusions: Comparing Science and ReligionChapter 3: Consciousness and Spiritual ExperiencesOpening vignette: Visionary Spiritual Experiences and the Origins of Major Religious TraditionsIntroductionWhat is Consciousness?The Biological Bases of Spiritual Consciousness: The Integrative Mode of ConsciousnessOrigins of Religious Experiences: Natural Induction of the Integrative Mode of ConsciousnessAdaptive Aspects of the Integrative Mode of ConsciousnessConclusion: Religious Experience as Personal Experience of BiologyAppendix: Assessing Mystical Experiences/Hood's Mysticism ScaleChapter 4: Animal Rituals and the Roots of Religiosity Introduction: Ritual in the Animal World What are Rituals? The Triune Brain and Ritual Behavior Animal Rituals The Evolution of Ritual Behaviors Conclusions: The Animal Roots of Human Ritual Activity Chapter 5: The Origins of Shamanism and the Flowering of Religiosity Introduction: Evidence for the Emergence of New Forms of Ritual What are Shamans? The Evolutionary Origins of Spiritual Experiences Psilocybin-Containing Mushrooms as Sources of Spiritual Experiences The Middle/Upper Paleolithic Transition and Human Cultural Evolution Human Cognitive Evolution: The Emergence of Specialized Intelligences "Complex Hunter-Gatherer Type Religions": The Rise of Ancestor Cults and Priests Conclusions Chapter 6: Origins and Functions of Religious Healing Introduction: Religious Healing as a Cultural Universal The Co-Evolution of Healing and Religiosity Shamanism as a Foundation for Religious Healing Adaptations Religious Adaptations in Healing Processes Conclusions: Shamanic Healing and the Holistic Imperative Chapter 7: Religion and Cognition: How Religion Shapes How We Think Introduction: Religious Ideas and the Structure of the Universe Animism: The Belief in Spirit Beings Myth and the Universe Substantive Beliefs Conclusions: Spirit Concepts as Indigenous Psychologies Chapter 8: Religion and Emotions Introduction Bronislav Malinowski: The Emotional Adaptiveness of Magic and Religion Sigmund Freud and the Roles of the Unconscious in Religion Religion, Sex, and Gender <P style="MAR. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0131893033

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