Books & Chapters
A Special Issue of Religion, Brain & Behavior Understanding the expansion of human sociality and cooperation beyond kith and kin remains an important evolutionary puzzle. Considerable evidence suggests that one such process involves certain components of religious systems that may have fostered the expansion of human cooperation in a variety of ways, including both certain […]
A Special Issue of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography Though relatively young, the field of cognitive historiography has already drawn together scholars from across the academy to engage in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities. The first publications under this disciplinary banner began to emerge in the early 2010s, though the roots of the […]
THE REMARKABLE, COMPLETELY MISUNDERSTOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GENES One of the world’s leading cultural psychologists debunks the hype surrounding DNA testing and puts to rest our mistaken anxieties about our genes. Do you fear what might be lurking in your DNA? Well, now you can find out, and you most likely will. Scientists […]
Purzycki, B. G., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D. N., and Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. In Scott, Robert A., and Kosslyn, Stephen M. (eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Wiley, pp. 1-16.
Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2016). An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds. In De Cruz, Helen and Nichols, Ryan (eds.). Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy. New York: Continuum, pp. 143-167.
The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter Humans are a puzzling species. On the one hand, we struggle to survive on our own in the wild, often unable to solve basic problems, like obtaining food, building shelters or avoiding predators. On the other hand, […]
Purzycki, B. G., Haque, O., and Sosis, R. (2014). Extending Evolutionary Accounts of Religion beyond the Mind: Religions as Adaptive Systems. In Watts, Fraser, and Turner, Léon (eds.). Evolution, Religion, and Cognitive Science: Critical and Constructive Essays. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 74-91.
Questions about the origins of human cooperation have long puzzled and divided scientists. Social norms that foster fair-minded behavior, altruism and collective action undergird the foundations of large-scale human societies, but we know little about how these norms develop or spread, or why the intensity and breadth of human cooperation varies among different populations. What […]
Forthcoming, Crown (Random House), March 4, 2014 (295 + vi pages) UK version forthcoming from Canongate German Edition, Das Geheimnis der Gelassenheit: Wie wir mehr erreichen, wenn wir weniger wollen, Berlin Verlag, forthcoming. Contracted translations into Dutch (Maven), Russian (Corpus) and Korean (Sam & Parkers) in progress. Audiobook forthcoming from Random House Audio Available for preorder at Amazon (US / Canada) or the Random House site […]
Shariff, A., Purzycki, B. G., and Sosis, R. (2014). Religions as Cultural Solutions to Social Living. In A.B. Cohen (ed.). Culture Reexamined: Broadening Our Understanding of Social and Evolutionary Influences. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association, pp. 217-238.