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2013 Annual Meeting

Baltimore, MD

Meeting Begins: 11/23/2013
Meeting Ends: 11/26/2013

Note that the deadline for paper proposals is 11:59 PM (23:59) Eastern Standard Time (UTC -5) on the day PREVIOUS to the deadline below.

Call For Papers Opens: 12/15/2012
Call For Papers Closes: 3/1/2013
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Mind, Society, and Religion: Cognitive Science Approaches to the Biblical World

Program Unit Type: Section
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: The program unit accepts paper proposals for two sessions at the 2013 annual meeting. (1) The theme of the first session is "Magical thinking in the biblical world". The papers in this session will examine how the human mind deals with magic and apply insights from cognitive theories of magic to biblical and apocryphal texts as well as archeological evidence. Cognitive approaches apply the often contested category of “magic” as a non-pejorative, analytical category. We are interested in both subconscious, low-level mechanisms that underlie the mental construction of magical scenarios as well as the cognitive patterns that are used to reason about magic. Particular themes that we expect to discuss in this session include intuitions about agentive causation, ritual efficacy, contagion, intuitive explanations of how and why magic works, the connection between magic and miracle, as well as various emotional factors, such as disgust. (2) For the second session we accept proposals that address the research foci stated in the description of the program unit.

Program Unit Chairs

Istvan Czachesz
Risto Uro

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