The Lure of NOMA: On the Elegance of Religion Contents

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Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 Religion – An Overview

Cargo Cults

What Is Religion?

Dimensions Of Religion

Attribution, Arousal Seeking And Cognition

Magician Among Us

The Logic For Everyone

Shamanism – It’s Just The Natural Selection, Stupid!

Then Came Many Gods!

Pantheons Of Gods

The Arrival Of One God

Why Are There Many Religions And How Do They Spread?

Another Look At The Evolutionary View

Chapter 2 – Religions Of The World

Was Moses Real?

Jesus, The Son Of God

The Rise Of Islam

Buddhism – The Religion Without God

There Are Others, Too

What Can We See In The People Who Started Religions?

Authority

Devotion

Refromism

Promise

Communication

To End The Discussion

Chapter 3 How Did The Religion Arise? An Alternative View

Polytheism Within Monotheism

The Role Of Individualism

Immersing In Herding Behaviour?

Rule-Of-Thumb Logic

The Rule-Of-Thumb Logic Meets The Upside Hunter

A Brief Critique Of Current Views

An Imaginary Being – Transcendental Social

Entry Of Spirits

Anecdotal Evidence?

Was God Female?

A Bit Of Imagination Is Not Out-Of-Place

Role Of The Odd Ones

To End The Chapter

Chapter 4 -Making Of A Religion

Shiridi Sai Baba

Sathya Sai Baba

Has Sathya Sai Baba Failed Us?

Sai Baba’s Place As The Founder Of A New Religion

Is Sai Baba Movement Really A Religion?

A New Wave Of Religious Thought?

An End Note To The Chapter

Chapter 5 – To Wrap It Up

Appendix – Should The Darwinian Interpretation Be The Be-All And End-All Of Religion?

Evolutionary Theory As A Dogma

A Brief Look At Darwinian Theory

A Selfishly Blind Process?

Efficiency In Biological Systems

How Are The Environmental Impacts Passed On?

Switching Genes

Calling Lamarck To Help

Macroevolution – A Tough Nut To Crack

Bibliography

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The website aims to show the possible origin of religion through a ‘uniquely’ human process which has links to the seclusion of girls at puberty. It also advocates the view that the Paleolithic Venus figurines are related to these puberty rites and hence, the prehistoric Venus figurines may carry a much larger meaning. Thus, Religion is something more than a throwback from our animal past.

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