An Anthropological Perspective
Chapter Two: Religion, Cognition, and Prehistory
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Religion, Cognition, and Prehistory
In recent years important scientific strides have been made in the cognitive study of religion. Cognitive researchers have gone back to a view similar to Tylor’s idea of religion as a way of explaining events in the world. They define religion, like Tylor, as beliefs in spirits and gods. What is different between the two perspectives is that while Tylor based his position on ethnographic accounts and logical reasoning, contemporary researchers draw upon the findings of the cognitive sciences (Guthrie 2007: 51–52).
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