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...The end:
.....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.