Origins of religion
Religion is an integral part of our culture now. But where did it come from, and what is its nature? History, anthropology, archaeology and a few other interesting branches of science have gathered enough evidence to help us gain an understanding into the evolution of this "phenomenon."
Additional Resources for you to Explore
Here are 35 TED Talks on religion. And, a related playlist called Are you there, God? with 9 TED Talks. Script adapted from here: http://www.macrohistory.com/h1/ch00.htm Sources: The Forest People, by Colin M Turnbull, 1961 The Old Way: A Story of the First People, by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, 2006 The Evolution of God, by Robert Wright, 2009 Additional Reading: "Evolutionary origin of religions," Wikipedia The Dawn of Belief: Religon in the Upper Paleolithic of Southwestern Europe, Chapters 4~7, by D Bruce Dickson, 1990 The Elementary Forms of Religious Life, by Émile Durkheim, 1915