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Robert Ashby

Research Student, PhD in Cultural Evolution

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Research interests

I am interested in the evolution of human culture, particularly the evolution of religion.  Narrative plays a major role in all religions, and more widely in our cultures too.  My research area for my PhD is a cross-disciplinary study of the mechanisms and role of narrative in early human cultural development.  I will be looking at human evolution across archaeology, anthropology, psychology, neurology and sociology, to find whether evolutionarily adaptive aspects of narrative are traceable and potentially symbiotic in early human development.





Education/Academic qualification

Master, MBA Business Studies, University of Manchester


Award Date: 1 Jul 1973

Bachelor, BA Chemistry 2i, University of York


Award Date: 1 Jul 1971

External positions

Chair, Humanists UK



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