"on Boyer: agreed. Religion Explained was revelatory.
on the podcast: brilliant. very gracious of you. i'll forward the address to Greg and let him know to contact you to figure out scheduling.
have a great week if i don't see you…"
"I think Pascal Boyer is the the most lucid of anyone working in his area. Parts of Religion Explained gave me headaches because my brain had to work so hard to assemble the information -- but it was well worth the effort.
"right. hard to be expansive in that space. i'm curious who you would reco' if someone wanted to read expansively on the subject. i would think Pascal Boyer- Religion Explained? Scott Atran- In Gods We Trust? who else?
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right. hard to be expansive in that space. i'm curious who you would reco' if someone wanted to read expansively on the subject. i would think Pascal Boyer- Religion Explained? Scott Atran- In Gods We Trust? who else?
speaking of Loftus, he's going to be interviewed for Think Atheist's podcast in a couple or three weeks. do you think i might entice you to do the same at some point? i'm the show's "producer", for lack of a better term. Greg's the host. he blogs here if you're interested to see the sort of level he aims for.
anyway, no hard sell or anything. if you're willing let me know and i'll put you touch with Greg.