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Religion explained? : the cognitive science of religion after twenty-five years

Author: Luther H Martin; Donald Wiebe
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.
Series: Scientific studies of religion (Bloomsbury (Firm))
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With contributions from founders of the field, including Justin Barrett, E. Thomas Lawson, Robert N. McCauley, Paschal Boyer, Armin Geertz and Harvey Whitehouse, as well as from younger scholars from successive stages in the field's development, this is an important survey of the first twenty-five years of the cognitive science of religion. Each chapter provides the author's views on the contributions the cognitive  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Religion explained?.
London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017
(DLC) 2017005668
(OCoLC)993601513
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Luther H Martin; Donald Wiebe
ISBN: 1350032476 9781350032477 9781350032484 1350032484
OCLC Number: 1000396643
Description: 1 online resource (272 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Illustration; Contributors; Introduction: Religion Explained? The Cognitive Science of Religion after Twenty-Five Years; Part One Retrospectives; 1 The Cognitive Science of Religion and the Growth of Knowledge; 2 Twenty-Five Years In: Landmark Empirical Findings in the Cognitive Science of Religion*; Explanatory pluralism; Avoiding the quandaries of interpretive exclusivism; The development of CSR as a scientific enterprise with new experimental findings generating theories from the bottom-up; Three effects; Theological incorrectness. Promiscuous teleologyDead agents' minds; Minimally counterintuitive religious representations; New directions; Evolutionary theorizing; Cognitive neuroscience; Religious experience; Afterword; 3 Twenty-Five Years of CSR: A Personal Retrospective; A little more than twenty-five years ago; The early nineties; Ritual and causal opacity; Ritual as social glue; Quantifying ritual; From fusion to fanaticism; Summing up; Acknowledgments; 4 The Beautiful Butterfly: On the History of and Prospects for the Cognitive Science of Religion; Where did we come from?; What is cognition? What have we achieved so far?Then what happened?; Meeting psychology and doing experiments (good and bad things about it); Experimental psychology studies: Standard paradigms; Religion-by-proxy studies; Authentic religion studies; A guide for CSR scholars and adversaries; What's next? Multidisciplinary integration; Conclusion; Part Two State of the Art; 5 Religion Explained? Some Variants of Cognitive Theory; Introduction; Current theory; A cognitive theory revisited; Summary and conclusion; 6 Cognitive Attractors in the Evolution and Diffusion of Religious Representations. The standard cognitive model: Religious representationsNo such thing as Religion; The next frontier: Attractors and diffusion; An example: Life-history and moralizing doctrines; Different attractors and strategies; 7 The Long Way from Cognitive Science to History: To Shorten the Distance and Fill in the Blanks*; Introduction; History, cognition, and culture; History as a cognitive enterprise; Conclusion; 8 The Indispensability of Cognitive Science for a Genuine History of Religion; History of religion as vertical anthropology; Why resuscitate terms like "magic" and "ritual efficaciousness"? Accounting for magic from a cognitive science perspectiveThe indispensability of cognitive science for a history of religion worth its name; Part Three CSR 2.0; 9 Exiting the Motel of the Mysteries? How Historiographical Floccinaucinihilipilification Is Affecting CSR 2.0; Introduction; What is CSR 2.0?; The misunderstanding of presentism; Unbiased hypothesis-driven research?; The past, mathematically speaking; If it's not dressed in a lab coat, it's not science. Or, is it?; Conclusion: My map is (not quite exactly) your territory; Acknowledgments.
Series Title: Scientific studies of religion (Bloomsbury (Firm))
Responsibility: edited by Luther H. Martin and Donald Wiebe.

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With contributions from founders of the field, including Justin Barrett, E. Thomas Lawson, Robert N. McCauley, Paschal Boyer, Armin Geertz and Harvey Whitehouse, as well as from younger scholars from successive stages in the field's development, this is an important survey of the first twenty-five years of the cognitive science of religion. Each chapter provides the author's views on the contributions the cognitive science of religion has made to the academic study of religion, as well as any shortcomings in the field and challenges for the future. The book calls attention to the field whilst providing an accessible and diverse survey of approaches from key voices, as well as offering suggestions for further research within the field. This book is essential reading for anyone in religious studies, anthropology, and the scientific study of religion.

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