Exploring the natural foundations of religion

  title={Exploring the natural foundations of religion},
  author={Justin L. Barrett},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • J. Barrett
  • Published 1 January 2000
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences
A new cognitive approach to religion is bringing fresh insights to our understanding of how religious concepts are maintained, acquired and used to motivate and direct actions. This approach suggests that seemingly extraordinary thoughts and behaviours can be supported by quite ordinary cognition and may thus be termed 'natural'. Simultaneously, this research is expanding the domain of concepts and causal reasoning in general. This review examines recent research into religious rituals… Expand
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