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A Cognitive Theory of Magic
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A Cognitive Theory of Magic (Paperback)

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The author presents a new theory of magical actions based on a wide array of recent findings in the cognitive sciences. Analysing classical ethnographic cases, he argues that paying close attention to the underlying cognitive processes will not only explain why magical rituals look the way they do, it will also supply new insights into the role of magic in the formation of institutionalised religion.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsOccult studiesReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religionWorship, rites & ceremonies Publisher: AltaMira Press,U.S. Publication Date: 27/11/2006 ISBN-13: 9780759110403  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jesper Sorensen, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in Comparative Religion, Institute of Philosophy, Pedagogic, and the Study of Religion, University of Southern Denmark, and International Fellow at the Institute of Cognition and Culture, Queen's University Belfast. He is the author of numerous other works and articles in the fields cognitive and evolutionary underpinning of religious phenomena, method and theory in the study of religion, and Western Esotericism.

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