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Title: Religion & Cognitive Science
Course Section Number: REL-275-01
Department: Religion
Description: 1st Half Semester Can religious beliefs by adequately analyzed or explained by cognitive science? If so, how and to what extent? If not, why not? These are the questions that this course will address. The relatively new field of cognitive science is the scientific study of the human mind, drawing on fields like psychology, anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and neuroscience. The course has 3 parts. First, we'll read what some cognitive scientists have to say about religion, e.g. Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought. Second, we'll read some philosophical and theological critiques of these ideas. Third, in light of these critiques, we'll consider their adequacy to the task of analyzing or explaining religious beliefs.
Credits: 0.50
Start Date: August 24, 2022
End Date: October 12, 2022
Meeting Information: 08/25/2022-10/11/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Malcolm X Institute, Room 109
Faculty: Blix, David

Course Status

Section Name/Title Status Dept. Capacity Enrolled/
Religion & Cognitive Science
OPEN Religion 20 17 / 3 / 0