Robert N. McCauley

Robert N. McCauley was the inaugural Massee-Martin NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor at Emory University where he is currently the William Rand Kenan Jr. University Professor and the Director of the Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture.  He works in the philosophy of psychological and cognitive science and in the cognitive science of religion.  His most recent book is Why Religion Is Natural and Science Is Not (2011).  He is also the author (along with E. Thomas Lawson) of both Rethinking Religion: Connecting Cognition and Culture (1990) and Bringing Ritual to Mind: Psychological Foundations of Cultural Forms (2002).  He is the editor of The Churchlands and Their Critics (1996) and the co-editor of Mind and Religion: Cognitive and Psychological Foundations of Religiosity (2005).  Dr. McCauley has received grants from the ACLS, the NEH, the Lilly Endowment, the American Academy of Religion, the Council for Philosophical Studies, and other scholarly organizations. He was elected president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology (1997-1998) and the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (2010-2012).

Contributions by Robert N. McCauley

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‘Religion is Natural and Science is Not’

Communicating with your favorite God or gods, forest spirit, or Jinn - easy. Postulating that the entire universe is held together by theorizing the process of quantum entanglement, informed from a personal commitment to philosophical a priories, which are based on measurements of the physical properties of said universe – harder.

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Method and Theory in the Cognitive Sciences of Religion

Recorded at the 2015 North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR) conference, Robert McCauley discusses methodological and theoretical issues within the cognitive sciences of religion. "Science surprises us!" - McCauley podcast with the Religious Studies Project in 2014, Dr. Robert McCauley gave an overview of some of these ...

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