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Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods: Early Humans and the Origins of Religion

E. Fuller Torrey


Religions and mythologies from around the world teach that God or gods created humans. Atheist, humanist, and materialist critics, meanwhile, have attempted to turn theology on its head, claiming that religion is a human invention. In this book, E. Fuller Torrey draws on cutting-edge neuroscience research to propose a startling answer to the ultimate question. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods locates the origin of gods within the human brain, arguing that religious belief is a by-product of evolution. Based on an idea originally proposed by Charles Darwin, Torrey marshals evidence that the emerg ... More

Keywords: Neuroscience, Brain, Religion, Evolution, Darwin, brain evolution, autobiographical memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780231183369
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231183369.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Fuller Torrey, author
Stanley Medical Research Institute