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Consciousness and emotions are minimized

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2005

Horacio Fabrega Jr.*
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Anthropology, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA15213

Abstract:

In the case of religion, explanations based on emotion should be privileged over those based on “cold” cognition. The origins of religious beliefs are as critical to understanding religion as are the group phenomena which sustain them. In addition, religion's relationship to the growth of knowledge is neglected by the target authors. The balance between the costs and benefits of religion will vary depending upon the phase of an individual society's cultural evolution.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2004

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