Ancestors, Territoriality, and Gods: A Natural History of by Ina Wunn

By Ina Wunn

This books units out to give an explanation for how and why faith got here into being. this day this question is as attention-grabbing as ever, particularly for the reason that faith has moved to the centre of socio-political relationships. unlike the present, yet incomplete techniques from disciplines corresponding to cognitive technological know-how and psychology, the current authors undertake a brand new process, both take place and optimistic, that explains the origins of faith established strictly on behavioural biology. They hire accredited examine effects that eliminate all desire for hypothesis. Decisive elements for the earliest demonstrations of faith are therefore territorial behaviour and score, dealing with existential fears, and clash resolution with assistance from rituals. those in flip, in a technique of cultural evolution, are proven to be the roots of the old and modern religions.

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18 This process, the purely random production of individuals with different combinations of characteristics inherited from the grandparent generation, makes evolution blind. Evolution therefore cannot purposefully react to possible environmental changes. Merely the competition for resources, the struggle for existence, ultimately allows those individuals who have adapted best to increase in disproportionate numbers over the long term. e. the ability to save information and pass it on to the next generation.

The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray. 11 Glick, Thomas F. (1988). The Comparative reception of Darwinism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp. 86–87. Our Bloodthirsty Ancestors 41 Arthur Dart (1893–1988) received fossils from the South African quarry Buston near Taung, which Dart after long investigation classified as belonging to an ancestor of man and to which he then assigned the scientific name Australopithecus africanus. In order to support his at the time revolutionary arguments, that this so-called “Baby of Taung” was indeed a predecessor of modern man, Dart purposefully searched for traces of typical human behavior near the place of discovery and believed that he had found his proof in animal bone fossils and blackish soil coloration within the same sedimentary layers.

Quoted from: Clark, Ronald W. (1984). The Survival of Charles Darwin. A Biography of a Man and an Idea, New York: Random House, pp. 54–55. 11 Teilhard de Chardin, Pierre (1959). The Phenomenon of Man. New York: Harper Perennial 1976. 12 Rensch, Bernhard (1972). Kultureller Evolutionismus. ), Historisches Wörterbuch der Philosophie 2. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, pp. 835–386. 13 Schopf, J. ; Tripathi, Abhishek B. (5 October 2007). “Evidence of Archean life: Stromatolites and microfossils”.

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