Imitation, Mimetic Theory, and Religious & Cultural Evolution Project

1. The overall objective with this grant project is to initiate cross-fertilization of research findings between mimetic scholars and empirical researchers concerning the foundational role of imitation for human motivation, behavior, development, social & cognitive functioning, and religious & cultural evolution. This work will be accomplished by a select group of scholars and researchers with interdisciplinary expertise in the fields covered by the scope of this project. This core group of participants will facilitate integrative dialogue between the interpretive hermeneutics of mimetic theory and empirical research on imitation during three separate symposiums over the course of three years.

2. In addition to these meeting, mediation of these important issues will be provided for general education through lectures, conferences, internet resources, and written scholarship, including the publication of the results of the grant project in edited book form for dissemination to a wider academic and scientifically educated lay audience.

3. It is hoped that this interdisciplinary project will serve as the beginning of a long term initiative in the attempt to achieve consilience across such a wide range of disciplines concerning the core mechanisms and cultural forces of human life.

For those of us interested in mimetic theory, this looks fun. Find more here.

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One Reply to “Imitation, Mimetic Theory, and Religious & Cultural Evolution Project”

  1. Glad I was in physics and engineering. Ever since my freshman psych 101 class, hearing about Sigmung Freud, ego, id, and super ego, and his wonder drug, cocaine, I’ve considered psychology a rather inexact science, more bordering on black magic. And it always seemed like the psychology prof’s were slightly off-median. Like they enjoyed experimenting upon themselves too much with wonder drugs.

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