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Thinking about Religion: Extending the Cognitive Science of Religion (Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion)

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Thinking about Religion presents a case for an inter-disciplinary science of religion, proposing that religion operates as a kind of psychological and social placebo effect. Religious belief combines thought, feeling and experience in a way that leverages the natural tendency of the mind to latch on to socially and personally useful concepts. This effect delivers tangible benefits because religious concepts and practice feed the mind's natural drive to cling to strong beliefs. At the same time, beliefs are reinforced by favourable emotional responses. Thinking about Religion explains how these elements work together to make religious belief such a powerful placebo effect. Belief is the currency of thought, and religious belief offers a powerful return on investment. Religious activity concentrates the mind's capacity to hold ideas that effectively galvanize groups and cultivate belonging.

About the Author

Aaron C.T. Smith is Professor and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor at RMIT University, Australia. Aaron's research focuses on the psychological, organisational and social dimensions of change, and has authored 15 books examining these issues. Aaron specialises in explaining extreme beliefs such as those associated with religion, sport, and health.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

1. In the Beginning: Reconsidering the Cognitive Science of Religion

2. Religion in Mind: Religious Thoughts as Mental Representations

3. Sticky Thinking: Making Sense of Religious Thoughts

4. Practicing and Preaching: The Psychology of Religious Thinking

5. God in the Brain: The Neurology of Religious Cognition

6. Making Meaning: Explaining Religion in Practice

7. Evolution and Revolution: The Biology of Belief

8. The Belief Imperative: Towards an Integrated Framework for Religious Cognition

9. Faith and Facts: Religious Cognition and What We Think We Know

10. Becoming Believers: A Extended Model of Religious Cognition

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781137324740
Author:
Smith, Aaron C. T.
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Wielenberg, Erik
Author:
Nagasawa, Yujin
Subject:
Mind & Body
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Philosophy : General
Series:
Palgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion
Publication Date:
20140431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
3 figures, 2 tables
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

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Humanities » Philosophy » General
Religion » Eastern Religions » Philosophy General

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