Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - Bringing Ritual to Mind by Robert N. McCauley

Bringing Ritual to Mind explores the cognitive and psychological foundations of religious ritual systems. Participants must recall their rituals well enough to ensure a sense of continuity across performances, and those rituals must motivate them to transmit and re-perform them. Most religious rituals the world over exploit either high performance frequency or extraordinary emotional stimulation (but not both) to enhance their recollection (the availability of literacy has little impact on this). But why do some rituals exploit the first of these variables while others exploit the second? McCauley and Lawson advance the ritual form hypothesis, arguing that participants' cognitive representations of ritual form explain why. Reviewing evidence from cognitive, developmental and social psychology and from cultural anthropology and the history of religions, they utilize dynamical systems tools to explain the recurrent evolutionary trajectories religions exhibit.

Buy Bringing Ritual to Mind by Robert N. McCauley from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780521016292
ISBN-10: 0521016290
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Other Editions - Bringing Ritual to Mind by Robert N. McCauley

Book Reviews - Bringing Ritual to Mind by Robert N. McCauley

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Bringing Ritual to Mind book by Robert N. McCauley and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Robert N. McCauley

ROBERT N. MCCAULEY is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Emory College Center for Teaching and Curriculum, Emory University. E. THOMAS LAWSON is Professor of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University and executive editor of the Journal of Cognition and Culture.

Books By Robert N. McCauley

Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not by Robert N. McCauley
Paperback, November 2013
$26.96
Dodging Bullets by Robert N. McCauley
Hardback, January 2000
$26.99
Rethinking Religion by Robert N. McCauley
Paperback, January 1993
$84.56