The Devil’s Advocate: On the Potential Usefulness of Theistic Myths

On Feb 25 at a local humanist meeting I will give a brief talk The Devil’s Advocate: On the Utility of Theistic Concepts and Myths for Psychologically-minded Atheists, followed by a group discussion.

I will draw from materials from my Learning from Stories project, of which the (still incomplete, unpublished) Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind book is a part. (The Discontinuities book, however, is not merely concerned with learning.) My claim is that the ideas in the first Cognitive Productivity book are very relevant to learning from fiction. The obstacles to, opportunities for and mechanisms of self-directed learning from stories overlap considerably with those from non-fiction.

While the meetings are not open to all, I aim to record my presentation.

The preparatory notes might be of interest to readers of this blog.

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Luc P. Beaudoin

Head of CogZest. Author of Cognitive Productivity books. Co-founder of CogSci Apps Corp. Adjunct Professor of Education, Simon Fraser University. Why, Where, and What I Write. See About Me for more information.

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