New Meetup Details: Understanding Suicide Terrorism Ten Years After 9/11

From: Han H.
Sent on: Friday, August 19, 2011 12:15 AM

I've updated this Meetup. For more details, see the full listing:

When: Sunday, September 11,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
4313 Lake Ave Dobkin Hall
Wilmington, NC 28403

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks our speaker is a forensic psychiatrist who has made a study of the religious motivations behind suicide terrorism.

Religion is a cultural construct, a product of human minds. For the first time in human history, the cognitive neuroscience of religious belief has been mapped out. Many of the evolved cognitive adaptations which generate religious beliefs can be exploited to motivate suicide terrorism.

Male bonded coalitionary violence, with lethal raiding against innocents is as old as our species, even older. The capacity is embedded in all males.

The potential for suicide resides in all of us, both males and females. The evidence suggests two types of evolved suicide potentials: negative inclusive fitness, and retaliation bargaining. The first arises from a sense of burdensomeness and animates female suicide bombers. The second originates from positions of humiliation and powerlessness and characterizes male suicide bombers.

This makes religion the most powerful ideology that can simultaneously hijack the evolved capacities for lethal raiding and suicide.

You can read more about Dr J. Anderson Thomson HERE


This will be a truly fascinating topic to kick off our fall season! Mark your calendars now!

The talk will be followed by an opportunity for questions and our usual potluck supper.

Dr Thomson will also be signing copies of his excellent book "Why we believe in God(s)" (available to buy on the night)

See you there!

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