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Science  28 Sep 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5539, pp. 2400
DOI: 10.1126/science.1065350

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Religion Explained The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought. Pascal Boyer. Basic Books, New York, 2001. 383 pp. $27.50. ISBN 0-465-00695-7.

Boyer argues that evolutionary psychology provides the framework for answering the question of why humans have religion. Our reviewer notes that this reductionistic approach addresses only one level of a many-layered subject.