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Big gods : how religion transformed cooperation and conflict

Author: Ara Norenzayan
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines how the belief in gods has lead to cooperation and sometimes conflict between groups. The author also looks at how some cooperative societies have developed without belief in gods.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ara Norenzayan
ISBN: 9780691151212 0691151210 9780691169743 0691169748
OCLC Number: 836261548
Description: xiii, 248 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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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