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Desirability of religion in Budapest

February 11, 2010


I got back from Budapest yesterday. I spent a couple of days hanging out with my friend Christophe, who is now working there, and Central European University is clearly a great place. I even got to see the cognitive development centre they have. The departmental seminar was on Tuesday and it started with a group […]

In the works

January 27, 2010


I have been working on the much delayed habilitationschrift recently but, also, have been writing a few other things that are tied to the book and are responding to things others have written. One thing I have mentioned is a Behavioral and Brain Sciences commentary on an article by Ryan McKay and Dan Dennett concerning […]

Does Barrett think that Superman is a counterintuitive concept?

December 11, 2009


Still working through Barrett’s Why Would Anyone Believe in God? with my cognitive science of religion class. We’ve got to chapter 6 in which Barrett considers the traits of the christian deity and I have found myself gobsmacked by the argument that Barrett presents. He considers in turn the christian claims that their deity has […]

Pigeon qualia soup

December 4, 2009


Well, actually, The Superstitious Pigeon on Qualiasoup – an extremely well put-together visual presentation of some ideas and research concerning superstitions. The Qualiasoup videos are a great resource to use in teaching critical thinking classes, I think. Nothing paltry about it.

Knowledge, value and evolution in Prague

December 2, 2009


Recently returned from the Knowledge, Value and Evolution conference in Prague. Given that one of the organisers is an old friend of mine and that three of the four key-speakers had been key-speakers at the Kazimierz workshops, it was something of a social get-together for me. Listening to the various talks I have found once […]

Loose ends in Brno

November 10, 2009


Last week I was at a small, two-day conference on the cognitive science of religion in Brno. There were only twenty-something people there, mostly from the Czech Republic, Slovakia or Poland, The only exception were the two key speakers, Armin Geertz and Jesper Sorensen, who were from Aarhus in Denmark. Most of the papers were […]

Barrett’s Why Would Anyone Believe in God? The first two chapters

November 5, 2009


This semester I am teaching a course on the cognitive science of religion using Justin Barrett’s Why Would Anyone Believe in God? as the main text. The audience this semester is a small group of philosophy students from the Marie Curie-Sklodowska University, with the course likely to be repeated by me next semester but for […]