Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary

Ritual: Meaningful or meaningless?

Robert Turner a1
a1 Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, Institute of Neurology, University College London, London WC1 N 3BG, United Kingdom.

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In conflating opposing meanings of the term “ritual,” arising from historical Western cultural conflicts regarding church and state, this target article begs fundamental questions. Its appeals to cognitive science concepts such as “working memory” are poorly informed and obfuscate what could have been a far more penetrating and less biased discussion of stereotyped human action.

(Published Online February 8 2007)