Un livre essentiel, qu'il faut d'urgence traduire en français. Il serait temps qu'on se réveille en France pour faire face aux intégrismes prosélytes. Sommes nous "bright" de naissance ? Sinon mobilisons nous pour attraper le retard.
I do not normally read books about atheism,not feeling any need of them. But I am very interested in finding out how this came about (Why religion?) and this book was presented as addressing that question.
There is, of course, no definitive answer to the question. Mr Dennett makes a tour of many hypotheses offered by people (Atran, Boyer, Wilson, Dennett himself et al.) who have studied the subject from the points of view of anthropology, sociology, cognitive sciences, philosophy and so forth. It seems to be quite a thorough tour.
The problem is that one comes away feeling that one has read a long series of what ifs, of conjectures, most of which are not very convincing. So finally, although it does seem somewhat more "reasonable" that religion has arisen everywhere where man has lived, one still does not understand why. All this in spite of Mr Dennett's heroic efforts to cover so many hypotheses.
Still, there are many interesting subjects brought up and it is a stimulating if, finally, rather frustrating read.