Local "Theory" of Mind and Why it Matters
Abstract: This talk makes the argument that the way we think about minds matters, and may shape our mental events. It makes the case that people find evidence of God’s presence in mental events; that different practices of attending to mental events have identifiable consequences; and that different cultures and different theologies emphasize mind and mental process in distinctive ways. The talk then goes on to present evidence that this has consequences for the way charismatic Christians experience God and the way people who meet criteria for schizophrenia experience psychosis in the US, Accra and Chennai. The data suggests that one consequence of the different ways of representing mind and mental experience is that Americans have a harsher experience of psychosis, and less spiritual experience.