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 cognitivescienceofreligion ( CSR ) itself. The core of
Cognitivescienceofreligion 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
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 CognitiveScienceofReligion.
2 “ Sui Generis ” and Methodological Isolationism
Methodological isolationism in the
: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 cognitivescienceofreligion. These involve theories on how religious
How Many Es Does the Religious Mind Have?
The CognitiveScienceofReligion ( 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
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THE COGNITIVESCIENCEOFRELIGION 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
Since the 1990s, there has been an explosion of interest in the CognitiveScienceofReligion ( 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
TOWARDS A COGNITIVESCIENCEOFRELIGION E. T HOMAS L AWSON It is dif cult to miss the fact that the last 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