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Pascal Boyer


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Pascal Robert Boyer is an American anthropologist of French origin, mostly known for his work in the cognitive science of religion. He taught at the University of Cambridge for eight years, before taking up the position of Henry Luce Professor of Individual and Collective Memory at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches classes on psychology and anthropology. He was a Guggenheim Fellow and a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of Lyon, France. He studied philosophy and anthropology at University of Paris and Cambridge, with Jack Goody, working on memory constraints on the transmission of oral literature

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“What we mean when we say that something is "cultural" is that it is roughly similar to what we find in other members of the particular group we are considering, and unlike what we would find in members of a contrast group. This is why it is confusing to say that people share a culture, as if culture were common property. We may have strictly identical amounts of money in our respective wallets without sharing any of it!”
Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

“[T]he choice of human groupings for cultural comparisons is not a natural or scientific choice, but a political one.”
Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

“If religion allays anxiety, it cures only a small part of the disease it creates.”
Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

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