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Brain, Body and Culture: A Biocultural Theory of Religion

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This essay sketches out a biocultural theory of religion which is based on an expanded view of cognition that is anchored in brain and body (embrained and embodied), deeply dependent on culture (enculturated) and extended and distributed beyond the borders of individual brains. Such an approach uniquely accommodates contemporary cultural and neurobiological sciences. Since the challenge that the study of religion faces, in my opinion, is at the interstices of these sciences, I have tried to develop a theory of religion which acknowledges the fact. My hope is that the theory can be of use to scholars of religion and be submitted to further hypotheses and tests by cognitive scientists.

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2010-01-01
2015-05-25

Affiliations: 1: Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit (RCC), Department of the Study of Religion, Aarhus University Denmark, Email: AWG@teo.au.dk

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