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Exploring the natural foundations of religion

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A new cognitive approach to religion is bringing fresh insights to our understanding of how religious concepts are maintained, acquired and used to motivate and direct actions. This approach suggests that seemingly extraordinary thoughts and behaviours can be supported by quite ordinary cognition and may thus be termed ‘natural’. Simultaneously, this research is expanding the domain of concepts and causal reasoning in general. This review examines recent research into religious rituals, commu...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
"Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, USA"
Department:
Department of Psychology
Publisher:
Elsevier Science Ltd.
Journal:
Trends in Cognitive Sciences Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
Pages:
29-34
Publication date:
2000-01-05
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ISSN:
1364-6613
URN:
uuid:a13d5349-704f-47cf-b598-4d172fd58512
Local pid:
ora:3115

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