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Religion in Mind
Cognitive Perspectives on Religious Belief, Ritual, and Experience

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Jensine Andresen, Benson Saler, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Stewart Guthrie, Robert N. McCauley, E. Thomas Lawson, Justin L. Barrett, Matti Kamppinen, Francisco J. Varela, Patrick McNamara
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521173186

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  • Religion in Mind summarizes and extends the past decade's advances in the cognitive study of religion. Its aim is to use empirical research from psychology and anthropology to understand different components of religious belief, ritual and experience. The book draws together teachers of religion, psychologists of religion and cognitive scientists and encourages greater interdisciplinary linkages among scholars from different fields. It will be of interest to researchers in anthropology, psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, and cognitive science and also to the general reader interested in religion and science.

    • A scientific approach to religion that draws on highly credible findings from cognitive science
    • Includes work by some of the original contributors to the cognitive study of religion
    • An important summary of the field, of interest to anyone concerned with the relationship between religion and science
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521173186
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: towards a cognitive science of religion Jensine Andresen
    Part I. Belief Acquisition and the Spread of Religious Representations:
    2. On what we may believe about beliefs Benson Saler
    3. Cognition, emotion, and religious experience Ilkka Pyysiäinen
    4. Why gods? A cognitive theory Stewart Guthrie
    Part II. Questioning the 'Representation' of Religious Ritual Action:
    5. Ritual, memory, and emotion: comparing two cognitive hypotheses Robert N. McCauley
    6. Psychological perspectives on agency E. Thomas Lawson
    7. Do children experience God like adults? Justin L. Barrett
    Part III. Embodied Models of Religion:
    8. Cognitive study of religion and Husserlian phenomenology: making better tools for the analysis of cultural systems Matti Kamppinen
    9. Why a proper science of mind implies the transcendence of nature Francisco J. Varela
    10. Religion and the frontal lobes Patrick McNamara
    11. Conclusion: religion in the flesh: forging new methodologies for the study of religion Jensine Andresen.

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    Jensine Andresen, Boston University


    Jensine Andresen, Benson Saler, Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Stewart Guthrie, Robert N. McCauley, E. Thomas Lawson, Justin L. Barrett, Matti Kamppinen, Francisco J. Varela, Patrick McNamara

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