Humanities and Science
Term: Spring 2021 - Full Term (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|2/1/2021||5/11/2021||MW||3:40pm - 5:00pm||MURK 118|
Spring 21 topic: The Cognitive Science of Religion
Why do humans have religion? Where do religious beliefs in God or gods come from, and why do they exist in every human culture across history?
This course explores the new and growing field of cognitive science of religion, which argues that religious ideas are shaped and even directly created by how the human brain evolved. We will explore the evolutionary history that gave us a brain prone to religious beliefs, and we will consider how the brain creates beliefs in gods and how these ideas are spread from brain to brain. A fundamental interest will be how biological evolution continues to shape culture across the globe today.