The Cognitive Sciences

A Brief Introduction for Science and Religion

Authored by: Michael L. Spezio

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Science

Print publication date:  October  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415492447
eBook ISBN: 9780203803516
Adobe ISBN: 9781136634178

10.4324/9780203803516.ch26

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Abstract

The core focus of cognitive science is to relate the activities of mind, which are never directly observable from a third-person perspective, to those measures that are directly observable, measurable, and sometimes quantifiable from the crucial third-person perspective. Because the activities of mind either exist for us only as traditional language needing replacement (Churchland and Churchland 1998) or as influential, albeit invisible, perhaps emergent, transformations of information (O’Connor 2000; Clayton 2004), cognitive science begins by acknowledging the inferential nature of its work.

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