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Shah & LaForest is of course a valuable contribution to understanding the dawn of culture and human society beyond very small groups. But on the other hand it is just one more example of a heavily government funded study into Orwellian mind control.
Boudry & De Smedt’s definition of prayer is closely related and quite similar to magic. In Hebrew the verb “to pray” is used in a grammatically reflexive form, literally something like “to pray yourself”. In its (rare) base form the verb means something like expect, ask for, intercede for, or, perhaps, pray in the more common sense. It thus leads to a totally different, non magic view of communing with the divine in native speakers.
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