In the popular mind, science and religion are implacably opposed; yet religion is itself a fascinating and powerful natural phenomenon, which cries out for scientific explanation. The explanatory task is a daunting one, not least because so many disciplines are relevant to it, but real progress is being made on many fronts, and a forthcoming interdisciplinary conference at the University of Bristol aims to integrate approaches from a variety of fields.
The event, which is being organized Finn Spicer, Andrew Atkinson, and Nathalia Gjersoe, is supported by the University of Bristol’s Department of Philosophy and the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre, and it will include contributions from evolutionary theory, philosophy, cognitive science, anthropology, psychology, and related disciplines.
It looks set to be a super event, and there’s a great line-up of speakers, including Jesse Bering, E.Thomas Lawson, Susan Blackmore, Ryan McKay, Christine Mohr, Deb Kelemen, Konrad Talmont-Kaminski, Robert McCauley, Bruce Hood, Ara Norenzayan, and Michael Blume
There’s more information and registration details on the conference website
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend myself, but if anyone who does attend would like to post a review of the event here at Evolving Ideas, do please get in touch.