Philosophy Lecture - Cognitive Science of Religion, Mental States, and Prayer

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 4:30pm to 5:30pm

Martha Miller Center for Global Communication, Fried Hemenway Auditorium
257 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3692

Cognitive scientists have noted the ways in which human minds are disposed to attribute mental states to other agents. This capacity seems crucial for navigating social space by enabling one to predict the behavior of others and to discern responses to one’s own behavior. We apply the science of mental state attribution to enrich a theological understanding of prayer, the activity of which can be seen as a unique social space in which humans attribute mental states to God.  

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Academics, Arts and Humanities Division, Philosophy

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