The cognitive turn in the study of the human mind emerged in academia already over fifty years ago. But how has it effected history of religions and biblical studies—or has it? And should it? Continue reading What Have Biblical Studies to Do with Cognitive Science?
Trends and Challenges in the Cognitive Science of Religion
University of Helsinki, March 3-4, 2015
Venue: (note: room has changed) Faculty Room Room 531, Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki (Vuorikatu 3, 5th floor)
Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) emerged in the 1990s to explain regularities of religious phenomena across time and place by using the growing body of knowledge from cognitive and evolutionary sciences. Today it is a pluralistic and interdisciplinary field that focuses on the intuitive mental mechanisms underpinning religious beliefs and behaviours as well as on the interaction of the human mind, social cognition, and cultural environment. CSR applies a wide variety of different theoretical perspectives, for example, from experimental psychology, neurosciences, biology and research on emotions. Continue reading Research seminar on Cognitive Science of Religion (Helsinki, March 3-4)