Religious Experience and Homo Duplex

Connor Wood: Earlier this year, I published an article in Zygon: The Journal of Religion and Science, part of a special issue on new developments in the scientific study of religion. The article is an argument for a new (or, really, a renewed) way of understanding and explaining religious experience. Drawing from recent work in social cognitive science as well as classical theories in anthropology, I make the case that religious experiences result from the oscillation between social structure or institutions and the more immediate, personal dimensions of bodily life, with ecstatic dance and drumming as a test case for the framework.

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