Professor of Anthropology, UCL
Evolutionary anthropologist, who has worked in Africa, the UK and China, on kinship, grandmothers, parental investment and the demographic transition, cultural evolution and phylogenetics, and the evolution of cooperation in human groups.
Why would someone join an institution that removed the option of family life and required them to be celibate? Reproduction, after all, is at the very heart of the evolution that shaped us. Yet many religious institutions...