Dualism, Disembodiment and the Divine: Supernatural Agent Representations in the Cognitive Science of Religion

Mitch Hodge, Paulo Sousa

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Abstract

The authors argue that contrary to the current trend in the cognitive science of religion (CSR), supernatural agents are not intuitively represented by the folk as disembodied minds as the theory of intuitive dualism suggests. Instead, it is argued that a thesis of social embodiment regarding those representations is wholly compatible with the growing body of empirical evidence. Once researchers stop looking for embodiment in mundane biological processes and focus on social relationships, the signs of embodiment will appear.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA New Synthesis: Cognition, Evolution, and History in the Study of Religion
Publication statusAccepted - 2018

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