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Presenting the CSR at the upcoming conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion (ESPR)

From tomorrow (Thursday) until Sunday, the 20th biennial conference of the European Society for Philosophy of Religion (ESPR) will take place in Münster, Germany. The theme is “Transforming Religion”. I will be one of the main speakers. I am invited to be one of the main speakers at the conference and to discuss evolutionary insights…

Is Christianity Natural?

In 2011 and 2012, I attended two seminars at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, Michigan) on the cognitive science of religion and Christianity. The seminars were led by Justin Barrett (then at Oxford, now at Fuller). The goal I had in mind was to develop a top-notch project proposal that would bridge the gap between the…

This is not Stephen Hawking – or is it?

Very cool – Amazon.com apparently sells a Lego set with  which you can build your own Stephen Hawking. And it looks awesome. Now adults have excuses again to play with Lego – who’s next? Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, or Albert Einstein? No, just kidding. I was stunned by the look of Lego-Hawking: (Source: http://www.geek.com/articles/geek-cetera/the-grand-lego-design-a-stephen-hawking-lego-model-2013038/) What…

The “God spot” is missing

According to the Huffington Post, research conducted by the University of Missouri has shown that there is not a single point or area in the brain where experiences of God are located. The so-called “God spot” seems absent. Instead, spirituality is spread all over the brain, though there is apparently a correlation between the right…

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