Social-Cognitive Aspects of Religious Transmission

hello friends if you're new to my channel welcome and thank you for stopping by if you are a fan or a subscriber welcome back and thank you for the patronage I deeply appreciate it today we are going to be talking about the social cognitive aspects of religious transmission not much I have to say before we get into the video so let's go it's been a while since I talked about minimally counterintuitive concepts or MC eyes so if you'd like a refresher click the I in the corner that takes you to a video about MC is for those of you who do not want to go back and watch the video I will sum it up in one sentence MC eyes help us to remember the story some scholars like chibi and housewives refer to epidemiological culture a term used to describe social and cognitive processes that are used when it comes to the dissemination of successful ideas individuals form and modify ideas and transmit these ideas between people through use of inference in this context inference means that an observer constructs ideas or mental representations that are similar to another's mental representation this then it brings us to the concept of modularity which simply means that certain brain areas are dedicated to specific domains like facial recognition if this area of the brain is damaged the person will suffer her face blindness when these modules work efficiently mental representations spread easily humans have the template for religious concepts pre-programmed for lack of a better term but we learn these concepts through the inference it works a bit like language all humans are pre-programmed for language but the language we learn depends on our environment it's been a while since I spoke of intuitive and a reflective beliefs I'll put that under the eye at the beginning of this video if you want to watch it again intuitive beliefs result from perceptual experience whereas reflective beliefs result from communication reflective beliefs include religion since we are not born believing in a specific religion successful transmission of religion includes such factors as memorability attractiveness and the trustworthiness and authority of the communicator so what makes an idea easily transmittable simply put it has to be easy to remember yet takes some cognitive effort to remember it also needs to fit our cognitive templates that we use to understand our environment memes are units of culture that get people to act or speak in specific ways that let others store identical mental representations they are cultural quote unquote programs that facilitate transmission memes are like genes in that while not by audible they undergo selection pressures and seek to maximize their own Fitness disregarding any costs to human hosts you memes transform in one of two ways the first way that they transform is through misunderstanding such as when Richard Dawkins wrote about the self-esteem the self-esteem was is a gene that is selfish because it propagates itself however if you do not read the book and only read the title it is very understandable to miss understand The Selfish Gene as being a gene that makes us suffice the other way a meme can transform is by transforming in one's own mind in other words they heard correctly but through time they reinterpret the mean well friends that's all I have for today if you like this kind of content please hit the like button press the subscribe button and if you would like to know when I come out when you count it please hit the bell next to this sky button my Twitter discord email and PayPal links are in the description along with the source that are used for this particular episode question everything and never be afraid please leave comments in the comment section I love hearing from you here are a couple of videos from my library if you have not watched them go ahead and watch them and tell me what you think until later friends good bye you

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