Scott Atran

Research and teaching interests are centered in the following areas: Cognitive and linguistic anthropology, ethnobiology, environmental decision making, categorization and reasoning, evolutionary psychology, anthropology of science (history and philosophy of natural history and natural philosophy); Middle East ethnography and political economy; natural history of Lowland Maya, cognitive and commitment theories of religion, terrorism and foreign affairs.

Recent Posts

June 13, 2013 in Religion

Here He Goes Again: Sam Harris’s Falsehoods

An intellectual debate about the nature of religious belief and violence. Anthropologist Scott Atran responds to New Atheist Sam Harris.Harris’s views on religion ignore the considerable progress in cognitive studies…
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November 10, 2012 in Politics

Steven Pinker and His Critics: Is the Long Peace a “Statistical Illusion”?

Scholars continue to debate the Decline of Violence thesis. The latest critique is offered by Nassim Taleb; Pinker responds.
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August 8, 2012 in Politics, Religion

God and the Ivory Tower

What we don't understand about religion just might kill us.
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