Transhumanist Imagination

transhumanist imagination

Paul Cassell

TITLE

Post-doctoral Fellow in Science and Religion

DEPARTMENT

Center for Jewish Studies

EMAIL

Paul.Cassell@asu.edu

BIO

Paul Cassell is a post-doctoral fellow at Arizona State University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Science, Philosophy, and Religion from Boston University.  In his dissertation, he investigated what is special about religious groups compared to ordinary human groups using the perspective of the scientific paradigm of 'emergence' to enhance classical sociology and ritual theory.  He developed a theory as to how it is the beliefs framed by religious ritual invite people to have powerful, alternative experiences, and give religious groups a form of organization distinct from ordinary human groups.  His current research investigates the evolutionary, biological, and cultural roots of religion in human prehistory, guided by a paradigm assuming the rich interaction between cognitive science/evolutionary biology, the phenomenology of religious experience, the sociology of religious groups, and the meaningfulness of religious ideas.