Mitch Diamond on the Biology of Ritual


DarwinsAppleThe old canard about atheism being a religion is wrong, at least as an institutional religion. But do atheists engage in religious-like behaviors, and does that make them religious? Following up on previous talks challenging preconceptions about the evolution of religion, Mitch Diamond will speak about the Biology of Ritual. These talks are based on his book, Darwin's Apple, the Evolutionary Biology of Religion.


All humans perform rituals, and many of them are decidedly irrational. Atheists are no more immune from these practices and behaviors than anybody else. What are the implications for the historical role of ritual for atheists and humanity in general? Mitch explores the evidence that ritual has a biological basis and suggests functions of ritual that apply as much today as they did for hunter-gatherers.


Afterwards we will go to dinner at King Dong at 2429 Shattuck Ave at Haste.


When: Sunday, July 16th, 2:00 PM


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Albany Hill Cross On the Way Out

As a result of pressure applied by the City of Albany, PG&E has replaced the electrical service for the Albany Hill Cross, located in the city park in Albany. The replacement makes the cross many times safer than before, when it used a small euclayptus tree as a utility pole. This was particularly egregious because it was in a critical fire area. The history of the cross is a case study of the special privileges given to religion, and the current city administration wants this to end. Below is a postcard sent to every Albany household in December, when the council doubted PG&E would properly repair the service. Ultimately we are confident that the cross will soon be gone from the park.



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