Brian Malley

Interpretive traditions

My principle contribution to the Cognitive Science of Religion has been an ethnography of an interpretive tradition, How the Bible Works, in which I developed a cognitively informed model of evange...

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The relevance of cognitive relevance for students of culture

Last month I posted "A case for the Cognitive principle of relevance" on this blog, and Dan Sperber expressed the wish that I had given readers some idea how that discussion was itself ...

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A case for the Cognitive principle of relevance

I have a cautious, even grudging, appreciation for the ideas of Sigmund Freud.  Though I am dispositionally inclined to dismiss Freud's ideas wholesale, I have come to credit him with some ...

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Did Settlement Have Cognitive Consequences?

While reading Colin Renfrew’s new book Prehistory: The Making of the Human Mind (Weidenfeld, 2007 - Random House, 2008), I was struck by his observation (taken in turn from Wilson, The Domest...

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Magic and inference

I must confess a predilection for the anthropological and psychological writing of the mid-twentieth century, when anthropologists were still trying to explain culture and the principles of the ...

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