Today, the 13th Congress of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology (ESEB) convenes at Tübingen University. A special I am looking forward to is the Outreach Symposium "Evolution - More than Biology" with Joseph Carroll (Literary Studies, University of Missouri, St. Louis), Esben Andersen (Economics, Aalborg University), Frank Ryan (Medicine, University of Sheffield) - and with me, from the field of scientific study of religion. Our shared aim is to introduce the colleagues from biology into thos interdisciplinary fields that have opened up to an evolutionary perspectives these last years. I am glad and grateful for the honor to introduce evolutionary studies of religiosity and religions.
As my topic, I decided to present the works of a theologian, whose works are not only important to evolutionary biology, but should be understood as awesome, interfaculty bridge building: Charles Darwin. - Yes, Darwin graduated in theology (and nothing else) and his great "Descent of Man" (1871) included a whole subchapter, definitions and hypotheses about the evolution of religiosity and religions.
In order to use and enrich the chances of the new media, I decided to put an extended version of my Darwin-lecture at my science-blogs:
And for those preferring to listen and to see the slides, I am presenting the lecture as a two-part YouTube-lecture:
Just enjoy (by reading or listening) - and thank you very much for your interest!
Retrospect: The Outreach symposium at the ESEB-conference has been a huge success! Here is a picture taken two minutes before the start of my talk...