Thinking About Religion Hardback

Extending the Cognitive Science of Religion

by Aaron C. T. Smith;


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Thinking About Religion

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Thinking about Religion presents a case for an inter-disciplinary science of religion, proposing that religion operates as a kind of psychological and social placebo effect. Religious belief combines thought, feeling and experience in a way that optimally leverages the natural tendency of the mind to latch on to socially and personally useful concepts. This effect delivers tangible benefits because religious concepts and practice feed the mind's natural drive to cling to strong beliefs. At the same time, beliefs are reinforced by favourable emotional responses. Thinking about Religion explains how these elements work together to make religious belief such a powerful placebo effect. Belief is the currency of thought, and religious belief offers a powerful return on investment. Religious activity concentrates the mind's capacity to hold ideas that effectively galvanize groups and cultivate belonging. Believing when it is advantageous to do so comes naturally because it confers a personal placebo effect while generating social opportunities.

Thinking About Religion by Aaron C. T. Smith was published by Palgrave Macmillan in April 2014. The ISBN for Thinking About Religion is 9781137324740.

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Page last updated 9th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan (April 2014)
Weight463g
Number of Pages272
Thickness16 mm
Height216 mm
Width140 mm
ISBN9781137324740
ISBN-101137324740
Product Code4266697
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