This course combines approaches from three fields (Religion, Anthropology, and Psychology) as well as evolutionary perspectives on human culture. Previous exposure to history of religion, basic cognitive psychology, or the anthropology of religion will be helpful. However, the course is intentionally interdisciplinary; a variety of backgrounds would be directly relevant. Our goal is to explore how cognitive mechanisms work as a pattern of "themes and variations"-what universal patterns in the way people think exist, and how these universal patterns are creatively expressed as culture. Specifically, we will be looking at cognitive perspectives on the primary features of religion: symbol (in particular, how symbols spread through a population), ritual (especially how ritual operates as a tool for group formation), and myth (including the relationship between cognition and literature). Primary texts are Geertz's Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture (2011) and Whitehouse & Laidlaw's Ritual & Memory (2004).
Steven Hrotic ()
Dates: June 16 - July 11, 2014; Prerequisite: 3 hours Religion or 3 hours Psychology
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