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Ritual and Religion in the Making of Humanity (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)
ISBN 0521228735 / 9780521228732 / 0-521-22873-5
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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This book argues that religion can and must be reconciled with science. Combining adaptive and cognitive approaches, it is a comprehensive analysis of religion's evolutionary significance, and its inextricable interdependence with language. It is also a detailed study of religion's main component, ritual, which constructs the conceptions that we take to be religious and therefore central in the making of humanity's adaptation. The text amounts to a manual for effective ritual, illustrated by examples drawn from a range of disciplines. [via]