Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture

Workshop 2014 (2 of 11) | E. Thomas Lawson | Obstacles and Opportunities: Reflections on the Origins of the Cognitive Science of Religion

Episode Summary

Workshop 2014 (2 of 11) | E. Thomas Lawson | Obstacles and Opportunities: Reflections on the Origins of the Cognitive Science of Religion

Episode Notes

A focus on interpretation at the expense of explanation in the humanities, particularly religious studies, an insistence on the autonomy of the social sciences at the cost of underestimating the value of psychology, and an overemphasis on cultural differences while being blind to human commonalities in anthropology all presented obstacles to developing a theoretically sophisticated, empirically tractable science of religion until the cognitive revolution provide the means and methods to do so.