Ever wondered when humans developed spiritual thought? What is religion’s evolutionary purpose? And, in our increasingly secular world, why has it survived?

Professor Robin Dunbar, respected author and Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford University, will reveal how and why every society in the history of humanity has lived with religion.

Join Dunbar, who has been awarded the Osman Hill Medal and the Huxley Medal, as he discusses How Religion Evolved and Why it Endures, which uses path-breaking research, case studies, stories of charismatic cult leaders and tales of mysterious sects to offer analysis of a quintessential human impulse: to believe.

About The Speaker

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Robin Dunbar

Robin Dunbar is Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and an elected Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He has been awarded the Osman Hill Medal and the Huxley Medal. His popular science books include The Human Story, How Many Friends Does One Person Need? and Human Evolution and have been translated into a dozen languages.