Evolution of Religion workshop, ANU 2017

November 3, 2017 - November 4, 2017
School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences , The Australian National University

HC Coombs Building

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You are invited to a 2-day interdisciplinary workshop on the evolution of religion at The Australian National University, on the Friday the 3rd and Saturday the 4th of November. Details are below and all are welcome, but please RSVP carl.brusse@anu.edu.au if you'd like to attend.

            Seminar room A, HC Coombs Building,             The Australian National University

*** Friday November 3 ***

9:30 – 10:45
            Peter Hiscock
            (Department of Archaeology, The University of Sydney)
            Dynamism, Structure and Adaptability in Forager Religions

Brief break

11am – 12:15
           Joseph Bulbulia
           (School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies,
           Victoria University of Wellington)
           Aposemetic Signalling Explains The Evolution of Institutional Religion.

Lunch break

2pm – 3:15
           Rita McNamara
           (School of Psychology, Victoria University of Wellington)
           Minds of Gods and Human Cognitive Constraints:
           Socio-ecological context shapes belief.

3:15 – 4:30
           Carl Brusse
           (School of Philosophy, The Australian National University)
           Signalling and Pseudo-signalling Explanations of Religion.

 Coffee break

 5pm – 6:15
            Paul Seabright
            (Toulouse School of Economics,
            & Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse)
            Understanding Religious Organisations as Competing Platforms
Drinks & workshop dinner


*** Saturday November 4 ***

9:45 – 11am
            Toby Handfield
            (Department of Philosophy, Monash University)
            Sacred Value and Signalling: Testing Models in the Lab

Brief break

            Kim Sterelny
            (School of Philosophy, The Australian National University)
            Religion, Social Complexity and the Neolithic Transition
Lunch break
2:30 – 3:45
            Stephen Stich
            (Dept. of Philosophy & Center for Cognitive Science,
            Rutgers University)
            Did Religion Play a Role in the Evolution of Morality?

Coffee break
4:15 – 5:30
            Russell Gray
            (Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History,
            & University of Auckland)
            The Cultural Evolution of Religion


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