Dennett, Daniel C. -- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon

Dennett calls for religious behavior to be studied in all the ways that you might expect would freak out non-atheists: anthropologically, sociologically, biologically, evolutionarily, memetically. Only has the barest sampling of such studies; Dennett is mostly counterarguing-in-advance the objections and the freaking-out. If you think humans can never or will never study themselves that way, this is an interesting book. If you think you already do it because you're an SF fan, you should probably read the book anyway, if only to cure your naivete about how hard sociology is. If you want to understand religion, this book will not solve your problem.

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