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Human Religion: Concern and Clarity in One Darwin Sentence

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  • UserGlen Milstein, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Psychology The City College of New York
  • ClockTuesday 11 May 2021, 13:15-14:00
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In The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Darwin describes his concerns with the psychological effects of religion. He marvels that it can both promote – as well as interfere with – human functioning. In just one sentence from The Descent, we will see Darwin acknowledge that he does not know the phylogeny of religious beliefs; yet, he will proffer how religion is perpetuated. This same sentence describes how each individual’s lifespan development of religion is inculcated one brain at a time, a process I will summarize with the term: Culture Ontogeny.

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