Studying the Religious Mind - Methodology in the Cognitive Science of Religion - Armin W. Geertz

Studying the Religious Mind - Methodology in the Cognitive Science of Religion - Armin W. Geertz

23. The Arts Transform the Cognitive Science of Religion

Studying the Religious Mind - Methodology in the Cognitive Science of Religion - Armin W. Geertz

Joseph Bulbulia [+-]
Victoria University of Wellington
Joseph A. Bulbulia is a Professor of Psychology in the Faculty of Science at Victoria University of Wellington.

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The Cognitive Science of Religion (CSR) is becoming increasingly experimental. Its methods are winning the hearts of next-generation humanities scholars of religion. Yet many present-generation humanities scholars of religion remain unaware of recent advances and have yet to participate. I hope to persuade such scholars that it is worth attempting collaborative science. CSR research will benefit from a fuller participation of mature humanities scholars of religion because their training affords a rich knowledge of religious facts. By the same token, humanities scholars of religion should be interested in scientific approaches because cumulative intellectual progress in every empirical discipline relies on hypothesis-driven research. My argument comes in three parts. First, I clarify the exciting possibilities for cumulative intellectual progress that hypothesis-driven research uniquely affords. Second, I describe recent advances from humanities/CSR collaborations, hazarding a few predictions about what to expect next. Third, I offer practical advice to humanities scholars about how to pursue productive CSR collaborations.

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Bulbulia, Joseph. 23. The Arts Transform the Cognitive Science of Religion. Studying the Religious Mind - Methodology in the Cognitive Science of Religion. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 481-500 Oct 2022. ISBN 9781800501614. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43024. Date accessed: 29 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43024. Oct 2022

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