Why do some beliefs become extinct while others adapt and flourish? James shows us how genetic evolution and cultural evolution, though operating at different rates, are one and the same. Recent science has gone a long way toward explaining the origin of religious belief in evolutionary terms,... read more
1 - Why is religion like an elephant's DNA?
Interlude: Grandpa and the sunset
2 - Religion's infancy
Interlude: The Big V
3 - Evolution and memes
Interlude: The southern baptists
4 - Religion grows us
Interlude: Billy the racist
5 - Why do humans talk
Interlude: A prayer
6 - Religion's immunity system
Interlude: This book
7 - Why is religion so appealing?
Interlude: A cough that can kill
8 - The atheist's paradox
Interlude: Shakespeare, genesis and big bang
9 - Religion, technology and government
Interlude: Aunt Carolyn's un-baptism
10 - Closing sermon
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