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Virtual reality as a 'spiritual experience': a perspective from the cognitive science of religion

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Virtual reality (VR) is often described as a gateway to a religious or spiritual experience - but why? In this article, using theories and evidence taken from the cognitive science of religion (CSOR), we hypothesize that human minds may interact with VR-hosted phenomena in a manner highly similar to that in which they interact with supernatural concepts. Specifically, we note that both VR inputs and supernatural concepts contain information that (1) contradicts the intuitive set of expectatio...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
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Accepted Manuscript

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
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University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Anthropology and Mind,Centre for
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Author
Publisher:
Intellect Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Northern Lights: Film and Media Studies Yearbook Journal website
Volume:
6
Issue:
1
Pages:
75-90
Publication date:
2008-01-01
ISSN:
1601829X
URN:
uuid:91ca27b6-8755-4631-ab2f-bddbacb606e5
Local pid:
ora:3128
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English
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