Joseph Watts

Joseph Watts is a doctoral student at the University of Auckland in New Zealand working towards a PhD in cultural evolution. He is currently building a database of Austronesian cultures which will be used to test evolutionary explanations of religious belief and practice.

Recent Posts

April 11, 2016 in Culture

Why did early human societies practice violent human sacrifice?

Is is possible that human sacrifice might have served some social function, and actually benefited at least some members of a society?
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April 5, 2015 in Religion

Did Fear In Supernatural Punishment Build Complex Societies?

Over half of the world’s population currently follow one of two closely related religions, Christianity and Islam. The concept of a Big God, who actively monitors human behaviour and punishes…
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