Chair of Social Anthropology
Director of the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology
University of Oxford
What He Studies
The evolution of social complexity—as one of the founders of the cognitive science of religion, he is well known for his theory of “modes of religiosity,” which explains how the frequency and emotional intensity of collective rituals influence the scale and structure of religious organizations.
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in the news
Sacred beliefs likely arose out of prehistoric bonding and rituals.
One in three students in the U.K. wears lucky underwear. And while you might laugh their habits off, there's a reason that those rituals might actually work.
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