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Review of Epistemology and Emotions

July 9, 2010

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My review of Epistemology and Emotions edited by Brun, Doguoglu and Kuenzle is now out in the most recent issue of International Studies in Philosophy of Science. While not definitive, the volume is quite interesting and makes a number of valuable points. I spend much of my review, however, picking apart an article by Peter […]

Scientific presuppositions and the supernatural

June 24, 2010

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In the discussion of my interview (linked to in the previous post) one of the readers suggests that I think science must presuppose naturalism on, what I gather is being suggested, something like faith. This is, of course, nonsense but it is very popular nonsense and is based upon a couple of misconceptions concerning science […]

Aarhus talk

June 9, 2010

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At the end of last month I went for a couple of days to Aarhus to give a talk on how the magic/religion distinction can be explained in terms of a dual inheritance model of religion. The Religion, Cognition and Culture people there also know Christophe Heintz and we set it up so that both […]

Common Sense Atheism interview

May 13, 2010

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Luke Muehlhauser runs a podcast series of interviews with various philosophers and scientists that focuses on issues connected to atheism – one of his previous guest was Graham Oppy, who is an Australian atheist philosopher of religion and, as it happens, the guy who helped John Bigelow supervise my doctorate. The discussions tend to be […]

Abstract for talk in Aarhus

May 10, 2010

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On May 21st I will be giving a talk in Aarhus to the Religion, Cognition and Culture people in Aarhus. Here is the abstract: Explaining the magic/religion distinction using a dual inheritance model The dual inheritance model of religion seeks to explain it as based upon cognitive byproducts that have been co-opted for prosocial functions. […]

ESF funding application

May 10, 2010

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It’s another of those cases where I wish I were more superstitious. I have submitted an application to the European Science Foundation for funding to organise a workshop on dual inheritance models of religion and now have to wait till November to find out if my application was successful. The attraction to cross my fingers […]

Talk at the Polish Academy of Science

March 12, 2010

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Last Friday, I gave a talk at the Philosophy and Sociology Institute of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw. The talk was part of the cognitive science seminar series run by my friend, Marcin Milkowski. The topic of the talk was the Theoretical Foundations of Cognitive Science of Religion and my aim was to […]