The Resource Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion, David Lewis-Williams

Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion, David Lewis-Williams

Label
Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion
Title
Conceiving God
Title remainder
the cognitive origin and evolution of religion
Statement of responsibility
David Lewis-Williams
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book is a controversial exploration of the origin of religion in the neurology of the human brain. The author first describes 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 a supernatural realm, beings, and interventions. Once people have these experiences, they formulate beliefs about them, and thus creeds are born. Forty thousand years ago, people were leaving traces in the archaeological record of activities that we can label religious, and the author discusses in detail the evidence preserved in the Volp Caves in France. He also shows that mental imagery produced by the functioning of the human brain can be detected in widely separated religious communities such as Hildegard of Bingen's in medieval Europe or the San hunters of southern Africa
Cataloging source
UKM
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lewis-Williams, J. David
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
BL53
LC item number
.L48 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Religion, Prehistoric
  • Evolution
  • Religion
Label
Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion, David Lewis-Williams
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-314) and index
Contents
Prolegomena : windows on the past and some of the questions they raise -- A new way of thinking -- From skies to species -- A tale of two scientists -- Explaining religion -- Religious experience -- Religious belief -- Religious practice -- Stone Age religion -- Hildegard on the African veld -- God's empire strikes back -- Epilegomena : of babies and bathwater
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9780500051641
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009902120
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • 3800493-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3800493
  • (Sirsi) o317919961
  • (OCoLC)317919961
Label
Conceiving God : the cognitive origin and evolution of religion, David Lewis-Williams
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [301]-314) and index
Contents
Prolegomena : windows on the past and some of the questions they raise -- A new way of thinking -- From skies to species -- A tale of two scientists -- Explaining religion -- Religious experience -- Religious belief -- Religious practice -- Stone Age religion -- Hildegard on the African veld -- God's empire strikes back -- Epilegomena : of babies and bathwater
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
320 p.
Isbn
9780500051641
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2009902120
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • 3800493-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3800493
  • (Sirsi) o317919961
  • (OCoLC)317919961

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