Explaining Religion(s) with Deep Historical Time Scales

A Comment from Cognitive Archaeology

Authors

  • Niels N. Johannsen Aarhus University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35727

Keywords:

representation, conceptualization, cultural selection, history, religions

Abstract

Explaining Religion(s) with Deep Historical Time Scales: A Comment from Cognitive Archaeology

Author Biography

Niels N. Johannsen, Aarhus University

Aarhus University

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Published

2018-05-15

How to Cite

Johannsen, N. N. (2018). Explaining Religion(s) with Deep Historical Time Scales: A Comment from Cognitive Archaeology. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 4(1), 61–66. https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.35727