Academic psychologist at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Science & Religion.
The past seven years have been devoted to a project researching pilgrimage: going on religious journeys with groups of Catholics and groups of Pagans, charting their motivations and experiences along the way. Our first paper, Rise of Pilgrims on the Camino to Santiago: Sign of Change or Religious Revival? can be read by clicking on the abstract below and downloading it from the Review of Religious Research site, or by emailing Scar and asking nicely.
More information about the Pilgrimage Project can be found here.
At present, two more Pilgrimage Project papers are in press: Atheists on the Santiago Way, which explores the motivations and experiences of atheists on religious pilgrimages; and The Gods Are Here: Cognitive-Behavioural Parallels between Ancient and Modern Paganism, which looks at the similarities and differences between Paganism in ancient times and its modern descendants.
Other interests include philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, physics, mathematics and linguistics.