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Joseph Bulbulia : Curriculum Vitae

Peer Reviewed Articles and Commentaries




2008 J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, R. Genet, E. Harris, K. Wyman, & C. Genet. The Evolution of Religion: Studies: Theories, and Critiques. Collins Foundation Press, Santa Margarita, CA.

2004 J. Bulbulia & P. Morris. What is Religion For? Milne, Wellington.

2001 J. Bulbulia. Before Eden: religion and the evolved mind. Ph.D. thesis, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, submitted/defended/approved January.


In Press

press. Schjoedt, U. & Bulbulia, J.. The need to believe in conflicting propositions. Religion, Brain, and Be- haviour.

press. Bulbulia, J. & Schjodt, U. An evolutionary social neuroscience of religion. Religion, Brain, and Be- haviour.

press. J. Bulbulia. Evolutionary psychology and religious belief. In Debating Christian Theism, Oxford Univer- sity Press, New York, submitted April 1, 2011, accepted August 1, 2011.

press. J. Bulbulia. Why I am a Catholic Democratic Ennuitheist. In W. Wildman & P. McNamara, editors, Sci- ence and the World’s Religions. Greenwood Publishers, Westwood CT, submitted May 1, 2011, in press: accepted 5 July, 2011.

press. J. Bulbulia. Toward an evolutionary cognitive science of mental cultures: lessons from Freud. In D. Xy- galatas & W. McCorkle, editors, Mental Culture: Towards a Cognitive Science of Religion. Equinox, Lon- don, accepted: December 15, 2010.

press. J. Bulbulia & U. Schjoedt (in press). The neural basis of religious belief. In F. Krueger & J. Grafman, editors, The Neural Basis of Human Belief Systems. Psychology Press, accepted: September 27, 2010.

press. J. Bulbulia.Why costly-signalling models of religion require cognitive psychology. In A. Geertz & J. Jensen, editors, Origins of Religion, Cognition, and Culture. Equinox, London, accepted: (current version) February 16, 2008.



2012 Bulbulia, J.[Published on-line 25 October, 2011] Spreading order: religion, cooperative niche construc- tion, and risky coordination problems. Biology and Philosophy, 27(1):1–27. doi: 10.1007/s10539-011-9295- x Open access here


  1. 2011a  Xygalatas, D., Konvalinka, I., Roepstoff, A., & Bulbulia, J. Quantifying collective effervescence heart-rate dynamics at a fire-walking ritual. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 4(6):735–738. doi: 10.4161/cib.4.6.17609. Open access here.

  2. 2011b  Slingerland, E. & Bulbulia, J.. Introductory Essay: evolutionary science and the study of religion. Re- ligion, 40(3):307–328. doi: 10.1080/0048721X.2011.604513

  3. 2011c  J. Bulbulia & Sosis, R. Signalling theory and the evolutionary study of religions. Religion, 41(3):363–388. doi: 10.1080/0048721X.2011.604508

  4. 2011d  Sosis, R. & J. Bulbulia. The behavioral ecology of religion: the benefits and costs of one evolutionary approach. Religion, 41(3):341–361. doi: 10.1080/0048721X.2011.604514

  5. 2011e  J. Bulbulia. The hypnotic stag hunt. Journal of Cognition and Culture, (11):353-365, 2011. doi: 10.1163/156853711X591297

  6. 2011f  I. Konvalinka, D. Xygalatas, J. Bulbulia, U. Schjoedt, E. Jegindoe, S. Wallot, G. Van Orden, & A. Roepstorf. Synchronized arousal between performers and related spectators in a fire-walking ritual. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108 (20):8514-8519 doi:10.1073/pnas.1016955108

  7. 2011g J. Bulbulia & M. Frean (2011). Affording cooperative populations. Religion, Brain, Behaviour,1(1):66-70. doi: 10.1080/2153599X.2011.55870



  1. 2010a  J. Bulbulia & M. Frean. The evolution of charismatic cultures. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 22: 254-271. doi: 10.1163/157006810X531049

  2. 2010b  J. Bulbulia & U. Schjoedt (2010). Charismatic culture and prediction under risk: perspectives from social neuroscience. In I. Pyysiainen, editor, Religion, Economics, and Evolution pages 35-59 deGruyter, New York.


  1. 2009a  J. Bulbulia. Charismatic signalling. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, Culture,3(4):518-551. doi: 10.1558/jsrnc.v3i4.518

  2. 2009b  J. Bulbulia & R. Sosis. Belief as ideology. Behavior and the Brain Sciences, 32(6):515-516. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X09991403

  3. 2009c  J. Bulbulia & F. Krueger. Social cognitive neuroscience and religion. Current Anthropology, 50(6):772-3. doi: 10.1086/605767

  4. 2009d  J. Bulbulia. Religion as evolutionary cascade. In M. Stausberg, editor, Contemporary Theories of Religion: A Critical Companion, pages 156-172. Routledge, New York.

  5. 2009e  J. Bulbulia & M. Frean. Religion as superorganism. In M. Stausberg, editor, Contemporary Theories of Religion: A Critical Companion, pages 173-194. Routledge, New York.

  6. 2009f  J. Bulbulia. Religiosity as mental time travel: cognitive adaptations for religious behavior. In J. Schloss & M. Murray, editors, The Believing Primate: Scientific, Philosophical and Theological Perspectives on the Evolution of Religion, pages 44-75. Oxford University Press, New York.


  1. 2008a  J. Bulbulia. Meme infection or religious niche construction? an adaptationist alternative to the cultural maladaptationist hypothesis. Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 20:1-42. doi: 10.1163/157006808X260241.

  2. 2008b  J. Bulbulia. Ritual studies and ritual theories: A guide for the perplexed. Numen, 55(4):461-473. doi: 1163/156852708X310545

  3. 2008c  J. Bulbulia. Telling nature. Landfall, 215:180-185.

  4. 2008d  J. Bulbulia & A. Mahoney (2008). Religious solidarity: The hand grenade experiment. Journal of Cog-

    nition and Culture, 8:295-320. doi: 10.1163/156853708X358191

  5. 2008e  J. Bulbulia. Free love: Religious solidarity on the cheap. In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, R. Genet, E. Harris,

    K. Wyman, & C. Genet, editors, The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques, pages 153-

    160. Collins Foundation Press, Santa Margarita, CA.

  6. 2008f  R. Sosis & J. Bulbulia (2008). Religion in eden.In J. Bulbulia, R. Sosis, R. Genet, E. Harris, K. Wyman, & C. Genet,

editors, The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, & Critiques. Collins Foundation Press, Santa Mar- garita, CA.



2007 J. Bulbulia (2007). Evolution and religion. In R. Dunbar and L. Barrett, editors, Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology, pages 621-635. Oxford University Press, New York.



2006 J. Bulbulia.  Nature’s medicine: religiosity as an adaptation for health & cooperation. In P. Mac- Namara, editor, Where Man and God Meet: the new sciences of religion and brain, pages 87-121. Green- wood Publishers, Westwood CT.



2005 J. Bulbulia. Are there any religions?Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 17(2):71-100.doi: 10.1163/1570068054305619



  1. 2004a  J. Bulbulia. Religious costs as adaptations that signal altruistic intention. Evolution and Cognition, 10(1):19-38.

  2. 2004b  J. Bulbulia. The cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion. Biology and Philosophy, 18(5):655- 686. doi: 10.1007/s10539-005-5568-6

  3. 2004c  J. Bulbulia. Evolutionary game theory and supernatural causation. In J. Bulbulia & P. Morris, editors, What is Religion For?, pages 13-32. Milne, Wellington.


  1. 2003a  J. Bulbulia. Book review: Nicholas Agar’s Life’s Intrinsic Value: Science, ethics and nature. Sophia, 42(1):85-89.

  2. 2003b  J. Bulbulia. Review of James Mcclenon, Wondrous Healing: Shamanism, Human Evolution and the Ori- gin of Religion.Method & Theory in the Study of Religion, 15(1):100-123.doi: 10.1163/15700680360549439


2002 J. Bulbulia. Unweaving the religious mind: A review of Pascal Boyer, Religion Explained: The Evolu-

tionary Origins of Religious Thought. Eras, 4.(text/.docx)