From an evolutionary perspective, religion presents something of a challenge. It is ubiquitous but in some cases religious cognition and behaviour can be costly and even dangerous while (to some) serving no obvious function. So why is religion found in every corner of the globe? Is it just a collection of highly successful memes or a “mind virus” as some dismissively label it? is it the inevitable but largely benign by-product of minds highly evolved for social living? Or are there some real evolutionary benefits to religious cognition?
In this talk Kat will discuss existing perspectives from evolutionary perspectives on religion and discuss some of the new directions this field might explore.
Dr Kat Ford is a board member of the Merseyside Skeptics Society and recently completed her PhD at The Centre for Culture and Evolution at Brunel University London.
Talks are usually on the 4th Wednesday of every month, at 7:00 for 7:30, at The Winchester Club in Winchester. Please take a look at the FAQs for more info.
Admission is £5 which also gives you an entry in the book raffle. We take cash and major cards (cards preferred).
The event is in two parts – the talk and then a Q&A after the interval. We encourage you to support the venue by indulging in the available drinks before and during the event.
You are also welcome to join us for a drink in the bar after the event.