Pascal Boyer

21 Jan 2024 11:52 - 21 Jan 2024 11:57
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    • Locating agency in supernatural beings is of course as old as humanity. Pascal Boyer theorizes that the origins of religion might be found in an evolved tendency to over-attribute agency. Since religion is a central feature of culture, Gregory Bateson’s suggestion that it has a functional role in compensating for an overly short-term outlook seems plausible:
    • Should reread this, but my recollection is that Boyer proposes that religion is a specific cognitive result of various agency-related mechanisms.