Harvey Whitehouse will be attending the International Convention of Psychological Science (March 2015) as a Panel Member in the session “Religion Past and Present: Evolutionary Origins and Contemporary Functions of Spirituality”.
13 March, 8:30 AM – 10:50 AM, Amsterdam.
In the ancient past, much of humanity believed in supernatural agents with powers that exceeded those of mere mortals, and engaged in community-wide rituals in which those agents were honoured. Today, much of humanity believes in supernatural agents with powers that exceed those of mere mortals and engages in community-wide rituals in which those agents are honoured. What was, and is, the role of religious beliefs and practices in psychological experience and social life? In this symposium, a unique gathering of leading anthropologists and psychologists will explore religion past and present by addressing the origins of religious thought, the dissemination of religious beliefs, and the role of religion in individual development, identity, behaviour, and well-being.