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Cognitive constraints on the Hindu concepts of the divine

Abstract:

Concepts of gods, like any other concepts, are informed and constrained by cross-cultural regularities of the human mind-brain. Specifically, divine beings that are represented as intentional agents are subject to the cognitive intuitions that govern all intentional agents. These intuitions may include psychological and physical attributes not endorsed by a given theological tradition. Experimental evidence is presented supporting the presence of these cognitive constraints and a resulting di...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
"Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA"
Role:
Author
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion Journal website
Volume:
37
Issue:
4
Pages:
608-619
Publication date:
1998-12-05
EISSN:
1468-5906
ISSN:
0021-8294
URN:
uuid:8e877c46-4d1c-46cb-9103-ab0093128ba7
Local pid:
ora:3097

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