Go to a park on the Upper West Side or in Cleveland or in China and you see exactly the same behavior because you know what - same organism.
If you’re a hunter-gatherer, as we are, you better get up in the morning and think it is a great day to catch an elephant.
There are 4,200 religions in the world, each of them believing they’re absolutely correct and everyone should follow their views.
A conversation with the Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University.
Believing in God generates soothing "juices" in the brain that make us feel good.
"People who are religious might well be healthier because they help each other more."
Sex can cause "all sorts of ruckus in all sorts of lives on an endless basis." That's why religions make a point of regulating it.
"When you’re dealing with theoretical issues like who serves God better that becomes rapidly rather frightening and unattached to any reality."
Some religions are better than others in providing a peace of mind, a sense of social comfort, a sense of decency.
Some animals exhibit behaviors that are not unlike our religious ceremonies.