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Cognitive Science
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CGSC 1001
Connie Kristiansen

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rdJune 3 2014 CGSC 1001 ALast week notes Atran and Norenzayan 2004Hyperactive agency Belief in supernatural agents hinges on the supernatural not being too superPascal Boyer 2009 ByproductFolk psychology how we explain and predict others behaviourAgency detection see agencyall things that occur have an agent behind the action Theory of mind infer intentionsThese 3 create the belief in god and that god had both humans and supernatural characteristics this is what makes god compelling We understand behaviour through common sense Descartes We believe in god because he crated us and because we are born with this believe because god put it there Superstition Why do you believe themIts because its interesting we want to talk about them and they are compelling Superstition came from one person and then it went to be practiced by many What kind of advantage could it have given youusSome superstition are also part of religion and it helped to promote group selection Magic
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