I am happy to announce that Dr. Carlos Lemos has accepted our offer of the post-doctoral fellowship position for the Modeling Religion in Norway project.
Dr. Lemos will be joining us full-time in mid-July. He is just completing the dissertation for his second PhD, which is in complexity science from the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) and the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal), entitled "On Agent-Based Modeling of Large Scale Conflict Against a Central Authority: From Mechanisms to Complex Behavior."
In August, he and I will be traveling to Vancouver, Canada, for the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion, where he will also get the chance to meet several of the other members of our team.
This new video is an animation of one of my favorite raps by Baba Brinkman. Its production was supported by the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion (IBCSR), one of the main collaborators for the Modeling Religion in Norway (MODRN) project. Read more about IBCSR here. Read more about MODRN here. Listen to more Baba here.
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.