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Big gods : how religion transformed cooperation and conflict

Author: Ara Norenzayan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did human societies scale up from small, tight-knit groups of hunter-gatherers to the large, anonymous, cooperative societies of today--even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized religions with ""Big Gods""--The great monotheistic and polytheistic faiths--spread to colonize most minds in the world? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising and provocative argument that these  Read more...
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Norenzayan, Ara, 1970-
Big gods.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2013011723
(OCoLC)836261548
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ara Norenzayan
ISBN: 9781400848324 1400848326 1299779174 9781299779174
OCLC Number: 856017703
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Religious evolution --
Supernatural watchers --
Pressure from above --
In big gods we trust --
Freethinkers as freeriders --
True believers --
Big gods for big groups --
The gods of cooperation and competition --
From religious cooperation to religious conflict --
Cooperation without God.
Responsibility: Ara Norenzayan.

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How did human societies scale up from small, tight-knit groups of hunter - gatherers to the cooperative societies of today - even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized  Read more...

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