Description - Supernatural and Natural Selection by Lyle B. Steadman
Spanning many different epochs and varieties of religious experience, this book develops a new approach to religion and its role in human history. The authors look across a range of religious phenomena-from ancestor worship to totemism, shamanism, and worldwide modern religions-to offer a new explanation of the evolutionary success of religious behaviors. Their book is more empirical and verifiable than most previous books on evolution and religion because they develop an approach that removes guesswork about beliefs in the supernatural, focusing instead on the behaviors of individuals. The result is a pioneering look at how and why natural selection has favored religious behaviors throughout history.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
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Author Biography - Lyle B. Steadman
Lyle B. Steadman is Professor of human evolution and social change at Arizona State University. Craig T. Palmer is Assistant Professor of anthropology at the University of Missouri-Columbia and coauthor of A Natural History of Rape: Biological Bases of Sexual Coercion (MIT Press 2001).