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Author Norenzayan, Ara, 1970-

Title Big gods : how religion transformed cooperation and conflict / Ara Norenzayan
Published Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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Contents Religious evolution -- Supernatural watchers -- Pressure from above -- In big gods we trust -- Freethinkers as freeriders -- True believers -- Big gods for big groups -- The gods of cooperation and competition -- From religious cooperation to religious conflict -- Cooperation without God
Summary How did human societies scale up from small, tight-knit groups of hunter-gatherers to the large, anonymous, cooperative societies of today--even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized religions with ""Big Gods""--The great monotheistic and polytheistic faiths--spread to colonize most minds in the world? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising and provocative argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization are one and the same, and answer each other. Once human minds could conceive of supernatural beings, Norenzayan arg
Analysis Atheism
Civil society
Overseas item
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Conflict management -- Religious aspects.
Cooperation -- Religious aspects.
Faith development -- Psychological aspects.
Psychology -- Religious aspects.
Psychology, Religious.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013011723
ISBN 1299779174 (electronic bk.)
1400848326 (electronic bk.)
9781299779174 (electronic bk.)
9781400848324 (electronic bk.)