The Evolution of God

THU, MAY 13, 2010 (59:10)

Journalist and Author Richard Wright explains his analysis of the “evolution of God”, for which he uses game theory. According to Wright, a religion that sees itself in a zero-sum relationship with outsiders will prove exclusionist and violent, while a religion that sees itself in a non-zero-sum relationship will adjust its theology accordingly.

+ BIO: Robert Wright

Robert Wright is a journalist, scholar, and prize-winning author of best-selling books about science, evolutionary psychology, history, religion, and game theory. His books include The Evolution of God; Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny; and The Moral Animal. He is a visiting scholar at The University of Pennsylvania and Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation. Wright is editor in chief of, a contributing editor for The New Republic, and a contributor to Time and Slate. He has also written for The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, among other publications.

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