Andrew Atkinson joined the Society & Cognition Unit during its formative years, in 2018 as part of the Opaqueness, Ritualisation, and Anxiety project. He is now part of the Religion, Ideology, and Prosociality project in collaboration with the University of Agder, Norway. He did his PhD in Philosophy of Science at the University of Bristol, and his thesis was a synthesis of theories of cultural evolution, the cognitive science of religion, and philosophy of biology concerning the levels of selection question. He is still interested in scientific approaches to explaining religion, and their implications for stalwart questions in the philosophy of religion.
He is also interested in the study of autism, its relation to religiosity, and understanding exactly what both of those are supposed to be. All of the themes he explores are informed by evolutionary thinking. He does not like writing about himself in the third person, but does enjoy film, photography, cooking, travelling, and fishing (if he can ever find any fish).


A. Atkinson “Is Wilson’s Religion Durkheim’s, or Hobbes’s Leviathan?” History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences 43(23):1–19.


A. Atkinson and I. Visuri. 2020. “Book Review: Review of McCauley & Graham (2020) ‘Hearing Voices and Other Matters of the Mind: What Mental Abnormalities Can Teach Us About Religions’.” Secular Studies 2:183–87.

A. Atkinson  “For God’s Sake! What’s All This Fuss About a Virus?”, This View of Life Special Ed.

A.Atkinson “HIDD’n HADD in Intelligent Design.”, Journal of Cognition and Culture 20(3–4):304–16.