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1. Title Title of document 20. The Computational Science of Religion - Studying the Religious Mind
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Justin Lane; University of Oxford; United Kingdom
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Fount LeRon Shults; University of Agder; Norway
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Anthropology; History
4. Subject Keyword(s) cognitive science of religion; anthropology of religion; evolutionary religion; religion and culture; history of religion; ethnography; lived religion; psychology of religion; religious experience; religious behaviour; rites; rituals; worship
5. Subject Subject classification cognitive science of religion; anthropology; history
6. Description Abstract This chapter provides a basic overview of the most common methods of computer modelling and simulation that are currently being used to study religion. It focuses on the use (and illustrates the value) of system dynamics models, agent-based models, including game theory and multi-agent artificial intelligence models, and artificial neural networks. General use case examples are provided, and considerations for future research are discussed. We conclude by encouraging scholars interested in religion and related fields to incorporate techniques from the computational science of religion into their collaborative methodological toolkits.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 04-Oct-2022
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.43021
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Studying the Religious Mind
16. Language English=en en
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd