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Author Pyysiäinen, Ilkka.
Title Supernatural agents : why we believe in souls, gods, and buddhas / Ilkka Pyysiainen.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.

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Author Pyysiäinen, Ilkka.
Subject Psychology, Religious.
Cognitive science.
Soul.
Buddhas.
Gods.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 285 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-280) and index.
Summary The cognitive science of religion is a rapidly growing field whose practitioners apply insights from advances in cognitive science in order to provide a better understanding of religious impulses, beliefs, and behaviors. This book shows how this methodology can profitably be used in the comparative study of beliefs about superhuman agents.
Note Print version record.
Contents Preface; Note on Transliteration; Contents; PART I: Human Agency; 1. Religion: Her Ideas of His Ideas of Their Ideas . . .; 2. Mind Your Heads; PART II: Supernatural Agency; 3. Souls, Ghosts, and Shamans; 4. God as Supernatural Agent; 5. Buddhist Supernatural Agents; 6. Conclusion; Appendix: Cognitive Processes and Explaining Religion; Notes; Sources and Literature; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z
ISBN 9780199701759 (electronic bk.)
019970175X (electronic bk.)
0195380029 (cloth)
9780195380026 (cloth)
9780199869046
0199869049
ISBN/ISSN 9786612267413
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195380026.001.0001
OCLC # 438072275
Additional Format Print version: Pyysiainen, Ilkka. Supernatural agents. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009 9780195380026 0195380029 (DLC) 2008039709 (OCoLC)256533284.


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