Ara Norenzayan

Big Gods Book Club #6: Concluding Thoughts

In what follows I’ll make some general concluding comments, and also address four remaining posts by Nicolas, Olivier and Martin, who raise similar points, and Claire, who is offering ideas about how karmic religions work. I want to say again that I wrote this book as the most up-to-date ...

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A précis of ‘Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict’

  Two Puzzles The first puzzle is large-scale human cooperation. Up to about 12,000 years ago all human beings lived in relatively small bands of foragers. Today, virtually everyone, more than 99.99 percent of humanity, lives in vast, cooperative groups of mostly unrelated strangers. ...

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