The series explores the role of religion and culture in cognitive formation and brings together methods, theories and approaches from the humanities, psychology, and the social, cognitive and neurosciences.
The Burning Saints: Cognition and Culture in the Fire-walking Rituals of the Anastenaria
Origins of Religion, Cognition and Culture
June 07, 2017
The Anastenaria are Orthodox Christians in Northern Greece who observe a unique annual ritual cycle focused on two festivals, dedicated to Saint Constantine and Saint Helen. The festivals involve processions, music, dancing, animal sacrifices, and culminate in an electrifying fire-walking ritual....
Armin W. Geertz
September 26, 2013
Attempts to understand the origins of humanity have raised fundamental questions about the complex relationship between cognition and culture. Central to the debates on origins is the role of religion, religious ritual and religious experience. What came first: individual religious (ecstatic)...
Dimitris Xygalatas, William McCorkle
August 01, 2013
Why is the set of human beliefs and behaviours that we call "religion" such a widespread feature of all known human societies, past and present, and why are there so many forms of religiosity found throughout history and culture? "Mental Culture" brings together an international range of scholars&...
April 30, 2013
'Religion as Magical Ideology' examines the relationship between rationality and supernatural beliefs arguing that such beliefs are products of evolution, cognition and culture. The book does not offer a false rapprochement between reason and religion; instead, it explores their interrelationship...
Luther H Martin, Jesper Sørensen
September 30, 2011
How do historians understand the minds, motivations, intentions of historical agents? What might evolutionary and cognitive theorizing contribute to this work? What is the relation between natural and cultural history? Historians have been intrigued by such questions ever since publication in 1859...
Armin W. Geertz, Jeppe Sinding Jensen
May 01, 2011
'Religious Narrative, Cognition and Culture' brings together some of the world's leading scholars in the fields of cognitive science and comparative religion. The essays range across diverse fields: the neurological processes and possible genetic foundations of how language emerged; the possible...