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Evolution Institute Vice President Peter Turchin featured on Through the Wormhole

In a recent episode of Through the Wormhole titled “What Makes a Terrorist?”, Morgan Freeman presented Prof. Turchin’s ‘radical’ idea, and Evolution Institute project Seshat: Global History Databank, of using history as a guide to understand why people join terrorist groups, what breeds such groups to begin with, and what to do about it now.

Evolution Institute scientific advisor teach Academy Award winning actor about the origins of religion

In National Geographic’s The Story of God, host Morgan Freeman travels to Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic proto-city settlement in Anatolia, Turkey to investigate whether early farming civilizations believed in God. At the Çatalhöyük site, Freeman interviews Evolution Institute scientific advisor and University of Oxford anthropologist Prof. Harvey Whitehouse.