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Giosity of women relative to men; religious obsessions with sex; the mysterious compulsion to pray; the seemingly irrepressible feminine attributes of God even in traditionally patriarchal religions; and the strange allure of cults Finally Dr Wathey considers the hypothesis that religion evolved to foster reproductive success arguing that in an age of potentially ruinous overpopulation magical thinking has become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon free and accessible style this book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion From the Hardcover editio The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic Sottomissione become a luxury we can no longer afford one that distracts us from urgent threats to our planetDeeply researched yet elegantly written in a jargon free and accessible style this Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown book presents a compelling interpretation of the evolutionary origins of spirituality and religion From the Hardcover editio The Origin of God RevealedThe The Isles best explanation of KING belief in gods I have found The roots of Ty jesteś moje imię belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic

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An essential feature of religious experience across many cultures is the intuitive feeling of God's presence More than any rituals or doctrines it is this experience that anchors religious faith yet it has been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence His book delves into the biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist The author holds that few people believe in gods or the supernatural because they are convinced by logical arguments or make a rational decision I The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy been largely ignored in the scientific literature on religionStarting with a vivid narrative account of the life threatening hike that triggered his own mystical experience Complete Amber Sourcebook biologist John Wathey takes the reader on a scientific journey to find the sources of religious feeling and the illusion of God's presence His book delves into the Jadę sobie. Azja. Przewodnik dla podróżujących kobiet biological origins of this compelling feeling attributing it to innate neural circuitry that evolved to promote the mother child Sweet Alien (Reestrian Mates, bond Dr Wathey a veteran neuroscientist The author holds that few people Detective Wanda Wolfe believe in gods or the supernatural Riverside. Sen w wysokiej rozdzielczości because they are convinced Dreams of Glass by logical arguments or make a rational decision I

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Argues that evolution has programmed the infant brain to expect the presence of a loving being who responds to the child's needs As the infant grows into adulthood this innate feeling is eventually transferred to the realm of religion where it is reactivated through the symbols imagery and rituals of worship The author interprets our various conceptions of God in biological terms as illusory supernormal stimuli that fill an emotional and cognitive vacuum left over from infancy These insights shed new light on some of the most vexing puzzles of religion like the popular belief in a god who is judgmental and punishing yet also unconditionally loving; the extraordinary tenacity of faith; the greater reli There are a lot of individuals who in spite of reason and lack of evidence still persist in believing in a God There is no argument that can convi


10 thoughts on “The Illusion of Gods Presence

  1. says:

    The Illusion of God’s Presence The Biological Origins of Spiritual Longing by John C Wathey“The Illusion of God’s Presence” is a very solid book that provides biological insights into the belief of “God

  2. says:

    The author holds that few people believe in gods or the supernatural because they are convinced by logical arguments or make a rational decision Instead belief is emotional and experiential not intellectual and I agree Most people he holds believe because they have felt a divine presence such as when they pray worship or are in despair or crisis or joy Raised a Christian Wathey has had two strong mystical experiences

  3. says:

    A few decades back my wife and I took the kids to Disney World In August On the third day of heat and humidity we were scheduled to go to that

  4. says:

    Wathey a computational biologist advances a hypothesis such that admits few refutations It is well presented well argued and copiously documented we're dealing here with a hard core empiricist Maybe one that will not go dow

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    This is a uite insightful and stimulating book I will take a little bit different review angle than other five starrers to offer additional insights — and one critical bit of critiueLike Scott Atran and Pascal Boyer Wathey offers an evolutionary based account of the development of human religious belief Unlike them though he does

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    There are a lot of individuals who in spite of reason and lack of evidence still persist in believing in a God There is no argument that can convince them for they claim to have 'experienced' god personally and thus can be

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    The Origin of God RevealedThe best explanation of belief in gods I have found The roots of belief lie in our extended early developmental genetic and experiential relationships with care givers mothers especially and social bonding The rather

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    Very insightful Enough things to think about for a while We develop the idea of Another when we are just babes and the sense of Another stays with us until we discover where it came from and why The evolutionary byproduct of our biological underpinnings

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    Interesting interpretation of how religion startedOverall I enjoyed this book uite a lot I was a little bit disappointed that I wasn't readin

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    To thoughtful religious practitioners it will come as no surprise that the experience of God's presence is rooted in perfectly natural biological psychological and anthropological processes Assertions of faith at least hea

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