I took a degree in Zoology in Edinburgh, 1978, under Professor Aubrey Manning. My
studies in evolutionary science in Edinburgh started me thinking about the way in
which religion might fit into the evolutionary model. This became my main academic
I became a member of the Science and Religion Forum after graduating. I suggested
and helped to organise one of their early conferences on Artificial Intelligence
I have worked as a school teacher since graduating, teaching Biology initially and
more latterly IT/Computing.
I first published the concept that religious behaviour has evolved as it confers
selective advantage in a newsgroup in 1994. As far as I know this is the earliest
publication of this hypothesis.
It may be a complete coincidence, given later publications elsewhere, that I ended
my posting in this newsgroup with the phrase ‘a god delusion’.