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Religion Explained: The Human Instincts That Fashion Gods, Spirits and Ancestors Paperback – Nov 2002

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  • Paperback: 430 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage/Ebury (a Division of Random (November 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780099282761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099282761
  • ASIN: 0099282763
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A deep, ingenious, and insightful analysis of one of the deepest mysteries of the human species" -- Steven Pinker "An excellent book in the spirit of the French Enlightenment, broadly learned and with modern behavioural science added. It deserves to be widely read" * E.O. Wilson * "This is a bold far-reaching book. His explanation of religion is lucid, entertaining, full of valuable insight" -- Lord Habgood * Time Higher * "The wisdom in its pages will be a revelation to any seeker after truth. While it lets daylight in upon magic, this book is never scornful and never dismissive, and Pascal Boyer's voice is as unpretentious as its title. If faith is the last refuge of the would-be believer, Religion Explained takes it away but puts something better in its place, enlightenment and understanding." * Ruth Rendell * "A fascinating analysis of urge to believe" * Scotland on Sunday *

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Formerly at Princeton, King's College, Cambridge and the University of Lyon, Pascal Boyer is Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA and a Guggenheim Fellow.

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