God is a Predator: Agency Detection and Its Role in the Evolution of Religion


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God is a Predator: Agency Detection and Its Role in the 
Evolution of Religion
My topic is in response to question #1 of the prompt.  This paper will answer the question in as isomorphic a pattern as possible, relying principally on Stamos’ textbook for the class, Religion Explained by Pascal Boyer, and a few additional articles from peer-reviewed journals.  Within this essay, I will explain the concept of hyperactive agent-detection systems, describe an author’s use of it to explain mankind’s belief in God, followed by a thorough critique of that argument.
Evolutionary psychology focuses on attaching a psychological analysis to the origins and development of mankind.  Many of its topics overlap those of interest to other scholars within...
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.....theless, Religion Explained is one the most important works in cognitive anthropology and evolutionary psychology of the last decade.  Its is considered a breakthrough in the field of cognitive anthropology, and its resistance to rely on the the “old master” like Marx, Durkheim, and Freud makes it a refreshing change from the usual methodological inquiries.
Works Cited
Beit-Hallahmi, Benjamin. “Book Review: Religion Explained.” Mental Health, Religion & Culture 7.1 (2004): 79-82.
Boyer, Pascal. Religion Explained. New York: Basic Books, 2001.
Lisdorf, Anders. “What’s HIDD’n in the HADD.” Journal of Cognition and Culture 7 (2007): 341-353.
Stamos, David N.. Evolution and the Big Questions. Oxford:             
Blackwell Publishing, 2008.