Cognitive science and the naturalness of religion

@article{McCauley2010CognitiveSA,
  title={Cognitive science and the naturalness of religion},
  author={Robert N. McCauley and Emma Cohen},
  journal={Philosophy Compass},
  year={2010},
  volume={5},
  pages={779-792}
}
Cognitive approaches to religious phenomena have attracted considerable interdisciplinary attention since their emergence a couple of decades ago. Proponents offer explanatory accounts of the content and transmission of religious thought and behavior in terms of underlying cognition. A central claim is that the cross-cultural recurrence and historical persistence of religion is attributable to the cognitive naturalness of religious ideas, i.e., attributable to the readiness, the ease, and the… 

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