Introduction to Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind

Authors

  • Ismael Apud Universidad de la República

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.19902

Keywords:

Religious Cognition, Psychopathology, Maturationally Natural System, religion

Abstract

In the book Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind, McCauley and Graham present a novel contribution to the Cognitive Science of Religion. The authors propose a naturalistic, pluralistic, and interdisciplinary approach to analyze the continuities between normal cognition, religious cognition, and abnormal cognition. McCauley and Graham use the idea of maturationally natural systems to understand different religious “abnormal” experiences: hearing voices from God or other spiritual beings, mood disorders caused by a failure in petitionary prayer, religious scrupulosity and its resemblance with Obsessive-Compulsive symptoms, and the “mindblind atheism” of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Despite some minor weaknesses, e.g., an excessive use of maturationally natural systems to explain religious phenomena, the book is an important contribution to the Cognitive Science of Religion.

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Published

2021-08-03

How to Cite

Apud, I. . (2021). Introduction to Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 7(1), 3–8. https://doi.org/10.1558/jcsr.19902

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