Instinct and Revelation: Reflections on the Origins of Numinous Perception

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Psychology Press, 1997 - 299 sider

Instinct and Revelation revolves around the hypothesis that ritual behavior and imaginative awareness in early hominids may have helped to spawn the evolution of the human brain and human consciousness. Using an integral perspective comparable with systems theory, the book carefully interweaves fact and theory from physical and cultural anthropology, psychobiology and the brain sciences, psychology, and to a lesser degree, eastern philosophy. This book breaks from tradition by discussing from a primarily anthropological perspective the origin of human consciousness within a philosophical framework that embraces precepts from human evolution, evolutionary psychology, the neurosciences, biocultural anthropology, and cultural symbolic anthropology.

 

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Innhold

and the Numinous Mind
19
An Odyssey Through
37
The Emergence of
81
The Numinous Mind in Evolutionary Perspective
111
The Vocal Path to Encephalization
167
Glossary
201
Chapter Notes
217
References
263
Index
291
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