Secrecy, cognition, and building blocks in Erfurt

This coming week, religion scholars from all over the world descend upon Erfurt, Germany, for the quinquennial conference of the International Association for the History of Religion (IAHR). I am writing this post from the comfort of a Deutsche Bahn...
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On merging esotericism with the cognitive science of religion: In search of precursors

The cognitive science of religion (CSR) and the academic study of Western esotericism are arguably the two most exciting new subdisciplines to emerge from religious studies in recent decades. The ambition of the Occult Minds project is to bring them...
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Welcome to Occult Minds – A research blog on esotericism and cognition

It has taken a bit longer than expected, but finally I have the pleasure of welcoming you to Occult Minds: the official website for my postdoctoral research project at UC Santa Barbara. For new audiences, my name is Egil Asprem,...
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