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Sacred Technologies: the Evolution of Religious Cognitive Niche

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dc.contributor.advisor Bulbulia, Joseph
dc.contributor.advisor Radich, Michael Murphy, David J. 2009-09-10T21:57:33Z 2009-09-10T21:57:33Z 2009 2009 2009
dc.description.abstract Most cognitive studies of religion adopt a modular theory of cognition. The 'space'that is studied is often the 'space between the ears'. Culture and religion are viewed as by-products of more entrenched features of our brains. Although this 'Standard Model' explains many intuitive expressions of religious belief, it has trouble explaining (a) the variability of religious systems crossculturally (b) the uses of material culture (i.e. symbolic structures etc) in transmitting religious concepts. The following thesis presents a 'wideware mind' hypothesis for religious cognition. I urge that while our internal cognitive architecture is causally relevant to religious cognition, the material artefacts of culture must be viewed as cognitive properties in their own right. Hence any causal account of religious cognition must acknowledge the external features of minds and how our neurological resources interact with the artefacts of our world. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Religion en_NZ
dc.subject Cognition en_NZ
dc.subject Evolution en_NZ
dc.title Sacred Technologies: the Evolution of Religious Cognitive Niche en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 440208 Psychology of Religion en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Religious Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Arts en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 220499 Religion and Religious Studies not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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