Conceiving God: The Cognitive Origin and Evolution of Religion

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At once polemical, insightful and thought-provoking, Conceiving God is essential reading for all those interested in the origins of religious thought, and the respective roles of science and religion in contemporary society. Building on the insights and discoveries of his two earlier books, The Mind in the Cave and Inside the Neolithic Mind, cognitive archaeologist David Lewis-Williams explores how science developed within the cocoon of religion and then shows how the natural functioning of the human brain creates experiences that can lead to belief in the supernatural realm.

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Prolegomena: Windows on the Past and Some of the Questions they Raise · 1. A New Way of Thinking · 2. From Skies to Species · 3. A Tale of Two Scientists · 4. Explaining Religion · 5. Religious Experience · 6. Religious Belief · 7. Religious Practice · 8. Stone Age Religion · 9. Hildegard on the African Veld · 10. God’s Empire Strikes Back Epilegomena: Of Babies and Bathwater

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Endlessly fascinating... Gives countless insights... A must for any anthropology studies collection.

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David Lewis-Williams is Professor Emeritus and Senior Mentor in the Rock Art Research Institute, University of the Witswatersrand, Johannesburg. Among his books are The Mind in the Cave, Inside the Neolithic Mind (with David Pearce) and The Shamans of Prehistory (with Jean Clottes).

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