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Cultural Evolution and the Evolution of Religion
The emerging science of cultural evolution and the emerging science of religious evolution (the evolution of traits distinguishing religious individuals from non-religious ones) have recently entered into a reciprocal relationship, each having something to offer the other. The theory of cultural evolution offers the field of religious evolution a powerful set of concepts for explaining important traits and facts that are not explained by genetic evolution. But the theory of cultural evolution itself faces important challenges, and is often misunderstood, and focusing on religion makes some abstract and difficult questions more concrete and tractable. Thus, the field of religious evolution also offers the theory of cultural evolution a way of clarifying its commitments, and of demonstrating its ability to respond to important challenges. My dissertation addresses both sides of this reciprocal relationship, taking advantage of the opportunity to develop at the same time both a better understanding of the nature of religion and a better understanding of the nature of cultural phenomena in general.