About the Author
Agustín Fuentes is a Professor of Anthropology at Princeton University. He is an active public scientist, a well-known blogger, lecturer, tweeter, and an explorer for National Geographic. Fuentes received the Inaugural Communication & Outreach Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, the President’s Award from the American Anthropological Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why We Believe ix
Part 1 Who Are We and How Did We Come to Believe?
1 Belief, Evolution, and Our Place in the World 3
2 What Makes Us Human? 19
3 Constructing the Human Niche 31
4 Animals, Plants, Buildings, and Pottery 47
Part 2 How Do We Believe?
5 What Is Culture? 77
6 How Culture Works 97
Part 3 Religion, Economies, Love, and Our Future
7 Why We Believe versus What We Believe 115
8 Religion 121
9 Economies 147
10 Love 173
11 Does Belief Matter? 191