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Author: Brad Stoddard

Personalized Spiritual Experiences” is not as conclusive as its authors (and its supporters) suggest. Quite the contrary, it reveals a series of problems that beleaguer both the study of cognitive science of spirituality and the larger field of the cognitive science of religion ( CSR ) itself. The core of

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Hans Van Eyghen

Introduction Cognitive science of religion is a fairly young discipline with the aim of studying the cognitive basis of religious belief. Despite the great variation in theories a number of common features can be distilled and most theories can be situated in the cognitivist and modular

In: Contemporary Pragmatism
Author: Juraj Franek

evolutionary theory. In what follows, I will provide a concise historical overview of these methodological issues and sketch some of the solutions advanced by Evolutionary Ethics and Cognitive Science of Religion. 2 “ Sui Generis ” and Methodological Isolationism Methodological isolationism in the

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Author: Jonas Svensson

:106). A first step in outlining the proposed selective advantage of this belief set is thus to disentangle its different parts. Second, each part, and some in combination, will be connected to findings and suggestions within the cognitive science of religion. These involve theories on how religious

In: Numen
Author: Armin Geertz

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157006808X260232 Method and Th eory in the Study of Religion 20 (2008) 7-21 www.brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & How Not to Do the Cognitive Science of Religion Today Armin W. Geertz Department of the

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Benson Saler

© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI: 10.1163/157006810X531111 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 22 (2010) 330-339 brill.nl/mtsr M E T H O D T H E O R Y in the S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & Theory and Criticism: The Cognitive Science of Religion Benson Saler Department of

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

1 How Many Es Does the Religious Mind Have? The Cognitive Science of Religion ( CSR ), which relies on cognitive science and evolutionary psychology to investigate religion, has emerged over the past three decades. CSR scholars engage in an open dialogue with the cognitive sciences as a

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Author: Luther Martin

Art. 17/f2-200-204 11/23/2004 4:34PM Page 200 THE COGNITIVE SCIENCE OF RELIGION L  H. M  Cognitive scientists seek to explain the kinds of perceptual and con- ceptual representations—including “religious” representations—which the mental processing of sensory input allows, the

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Aria Nakissa

1 Introduction Since the 1990s, there has been an explosion of interest in the Cognitive Science of Religion ( CSR ). CSR examines how evolved (domain-specific) mechanisms within the human mind interact with culture to shape human thought and behavior. CSR adopts an interdisciplinary

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion

TOWARDS A COGNITIVE SCIENCE OF RELIGION E. T HOMAS L AWSON It is difŽ cult to miss the fact that the last Ž fty years has given birth to a revolution in the sciences. This revolution has not only transformed the way scientists theorize about the human mind but the means they have devised to

In: Numen