The Modeling Religion Project is now over half-way through its first year, and we have already developed several computer simulations (two of which are under review for publication). This project will run through 30 June 2018, and has a budget of about 2.2 million USD.
Last month we got word that the Research Council of Norway approved our funding request for the "Modeling Religion in Norway" (MODRN) project, and now I am busy preparing for its launch this summer. The project will run from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019, and has a budget of about 1.4 million USD. The main focus this spring will be developing simulation strategies and recruiting a post-doctoral fellow to join the project.
In March, I'm taking a trip to the U.S. to work with colleagues there who are part of both projects.
"Gilles Deleuze and the Schizoanalysis of Religion" is on its way into production and here is what the cover will look like. Get it? A revision of the famous Urbi et Orbi etching but with desiring-machines instead of spheres of transcendence. Get it?! :D
And I am on my way back to the U.S. First I will be at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center working on a model of "terror management theory" (among other things).
Then, on to the American Academy of Religion. There I'm giving a presentation with Wesley Wildman on the Modeling Religion Project.
I had a great time at the "God Debacle" last night, hanging out and "debacling" with Philip Clayton, Tripp Fuller and Ryan Bell.
The video that is now available on Blab for free streaming here is a bit disjointed, but Tripp has just informed me that a more professional version will be posted on his site soon.
If you watch the Blab version, note that (for unknown reasons) the "opening statements" come toward the end of the video, which is over three hours long. So, it probably makes sense to start with the opening statements (mine begins at hour 2.13 (and 45 seconds), which actually came early in the Debacle, and then go back to the beginning.
Today I'm going to record another podcast with Ryan Bell that will be available on Life After God sometime next week. Then off to the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in Newport Beach.