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ARC number: 25

(Technical Id number: 29)

Author(s): Ernandes, M.; Winkelman, M.
Title: Theopoiesis or The Production of "God" Concepts by Brain Structures and Operators in Early Humans
Category: manuscript
Length (pages): 66
Keywords: evolution; biological factors; triune brain; superhuman agents; theism
Abstract: Religious ideas have the peculiarity of being universal, so we may suspect yhat they have some kind of genetic basis, or that religion may be rooted in genetic predisposition, that operates through the development of encephalic structures. MacLean elaborated the "Triune Brain" model, and located in it three principal phylogenetic structures, termed as R-complex, Limbic System and Neomammalian brain. The R-complex is fundamental for genetically constituted behaviors as imprinting, or forming social hierarchies.

In a behavioral sense, religious activities consist in submissive displays performed to appease a dominant individual. According to evolutionary psychology, all human behaviors are products of internal mechanisms, in conjunction with inputs that trigger their activation.

In this paper we indicate the acquisition of the consciousness of own mortality as the input, and in the action of R-complex on the Neocortex as the main mechanism by which, in the human evolution, the "God" concept emerged.
Email: ernandes @
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Submitted:09/03/2009 20:18:48    (DD / MM / YYYY)
Published:10/03/2009 00:03:40    (DD / MM / YYYY)

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