‘Big Gods’ book club

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 ...

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‘Big Gods’ book club #5: Remarks on the two puzzles

I like Ara’s way of studying scientific problems very much, weaving together various disciplines from evolutionary modelling to experimental psychology or social anthropology, and I also like the ...

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‘Big Gods’ book club #4: Alternative explanations?

- atheists flout a “precautionary principle” (considering that  supernatural punishment is possible). -atheists are less risk-averse than others (given the possibility of a supernatural ...

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‘Big Gods’ book club #3 : Testing more specific hypotheses and going beyond correlations in the orig

(This week, cognitionandculture.net is hosting a "book club" webinar discussing Ara Norenzayan's latest book with its author. This précis introduced the discussion.) In his insightful précis, ...

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‘Big Gods’ book club #2: Analytic atheism and the puzzle of apologetic

(This week, cognitionandculture.net is hosting a "book club" webinar discussing Ara Norenzayan's latest book with its author. This précis introduced the discussion.) Norenzayan’s Big Gods ...

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‘Big Gods’ book club #1 — Skeptical thoughts

Be that as it may, I am tempted to read this précis as an attempt to stress the political consequences of the birth of moral religions. We all agree (don't we?) that they were huge, especially in ...

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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 ...

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