The New Sciences of Religion

  • NSoR 4: The Evolution of Religion

    By on October 6, 2011

    An excerpt from Chapter 4 of The New Sciences of Religion: Exploring Spirituality from the Outside In and Bottom Up (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) Pages 89 – 91. Another evolutionary approach to explaining religion revives group-selection theory or, more properly, multilevel-selection theory. Selection works not just at the level of individual genes but also on networks of genes, individual phenotypes, groups

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  • NSoR 5: The Neurosciences of Religion

    By on October 5, 2011

    A fuller taxonomy of religious experience needs to be developed, detailed, and correlated with different brain states and cognitive theories of religion.

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  • NSoR 6: The Medicine of Religion

    By on October 4, 2011

    Recent observational studies indicate a significant, mostly positive connection between religiosity and better health, though it would be difficult to isolate what aspect of religion and spirituality plays the significant role.

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  • NSoR 7: The Narratives of Religion

    By on October 3, 2011

    The most important stories that humans tell, retell, and reframe are the ones people do not generally recognize as stories at all. These are referred to as "metanarratives." These master stories are the stuff of ideologies, religions, nationalisms, and cultures.

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  • NSoR 8: The New Religion of Science

    By on October 2, 2011

    Today, an informed philosophy of science would also need to talk about information as a metaphysical concept.

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