Benjamin Grant Purzycki

Benjamin Grant Purzycki is a sociocultural anthropologist who engages in the cognitive, evolutionary, and ethnographic sciences of cooperation and religion. Presently, most of his attention is devoted to understanding cross-cultural variation in the cognition of supernatural minds, and how explicit religious beliefs and rituals adaptively address local pressures that require collective coordination. He is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture.

Recent Posts

March 7, 2016 in Culture, Religion

How punitive, omniscient gods may have encouraged the expansion of human society

With moralistic gods watching, it’s easier to be fair and cooperative.
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