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Supernatural agents : why we believe in souls, gods, and buddhas

Author: Ilkka Pyysiäinen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The cognitive science of religion is a rapidly growing field whose practitioners apply insights from advances in cognitive science in order to provide a better understanding of religious impulses, beliefs, and behaviors. This book shows how this methodology can profitably be used in the comparative study of beliefs about superhuman agents.
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Pyysiäinen, Ilkka.
Supernatural agents.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009
(DLC) 2008039709
(OCoLC)256533284
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ilkka Pyysiäinen
ISBN: 9780199701759 019970175X 0195380029 9780195380026 9780199869046 0199869049
OCLC Number: 438072275
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 285 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Preface; Note on Transliteration; Contents; PART I: Human Agency; 1. Religion: Her Ideas of His Ideas of Their Ideas . . .; 2. Mind Your Heads; PART II: Supernatural Agency; 3. Souls, Ghosts, and Shamans; 4. God as Supernatural Agent; 5. Buddhist Supernatural Agents; 6. Conclusion; Appendix: Cognitive Processes and Explaining Religion; Notes; Sources and Literature; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
Responsibility: Ilkka Pyysiäinen.

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