Browsing All Posts filed under »cognitive science of religion«

Werewolves in scientist’s clothing

January 14, 2012


Reminded by a point I raised in my last post, I realised that I have apparently failed to mention an article of mine that is forthcoming in a University of Chicago volume edited by Massimo Pigliucci and Maarten Boudry – The Philosophy of Pseudoscience. I have now put an almost final draft of that paper on […]

Malinowski’s magic, Skinner’s superstition

January 11, 2012


Just finished a first draft of an article that is to go into a volume edited by Dimitris Xygalatas and William McCorkle. The volume is to be called Mental Culture: Toward a Cognitive Science of Religion and is to show how modern cognitive science of religion is connected back to traditional approaches to the study […]

Spaghetti, cumulative cultural evolution and ritual traditions

December 9, 2011


Back in 2009 I went to a European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference in St Andrews. One of the highlights of that conference and definitely the bit of it that has stuck in my mind was a paper presented by Christine Caldwell. Caldwell talked about a methodology that she’s been using to test claims about […]

7 myths about myths about religion

August 8, 2011


A while ago I received an email asking me to put up a link on my blog to an article that someone has written concerning 25 myths regarding religion. Busy as I was with marking and everything else that the end of semester entails, I did not look at the article. I have now, however, […]

You’ve heard the talk, now see the poster!

August 1, 2011


As I mentioned earlier, I recently presented a poster at the CogSci 2011 meeting in Boston. By clicking on the version below it is possible to see the full-size version.

Draft version of For God and Country, but not necessarily for Truth

July 28, 2011


I have put up on a draft of my article on ideology and religion – it has been one of the things I have been working on instead of writing on the blog. Here is the abstract: Drawing upon the distinction between beliefs whose function is related to their truth and those where it […]

Cognition on Boston Common

July 24, 2011


It’s a warm Sunday afternoon and the park is full of people enjoying themselves. Nearby, some people are practicing what appears to be a play of some sort, and a couple of women are taking turns to play the ukulele. A tower clock rings the hour. It’s three pm. It all feels very different to […]