How Religion Works: Towards A New Cognitive Science Of Religion

How Religion Works: Towards A New Cognitive Science Of Religion By Ilkka Pyysiäinen, Recent findings in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology provide important insights to the processes which make religious beliefs and behaviors such efficient attractors in and across various cultural settings The specific salience of religious ideas is based on the fact that they are counter intuitive they contradict our intuitive expectations of how entitiesRecent findings in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology provide important insights to the processes which make religious beliefs and behaviors such efficient attractors in and across various cultural settings The specific salience of religious ideas is based on the fact that they are counter intuitive they contradict our intuitive expectations of how entities normally behave Counter intuitive ideas are only produced by a mind capable of crossing the boundaries that separate such ontological domains as persons, living things, and solid objects The evolution of such a mind has only taken place in the human species How certain kinds of counter intuitive ideas are selected for a religious use is discussed from varying angles Cognitive considerations are thus related to the traditions of comparative religion This publication has also been published in hardback, please click here for details.. How Religion Works Towards A New Cognitive Science Of Religion Recent findings in cognitive science and evolutionary psychology provide important insights to the processes which make religious beliefs and behaviors such efficient attractors in and across various

  • Title: How Religion Works: Towards A New Cognitive Science Of Religion
  • Author: Ilkka Pyysiäinen
  • ISBN: 9789004132733
  • Page: 453
  • Format: Paperback
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