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XXX Our goal is to study, extend, and improve comparative data bases relevant to the evolution of the moral aspects of religion. Special attention is paid to theory testing and improved data modeling. The project has two major parts that build on each other and interlock. The first focuses on foragers as the seeds for emergence of ethical aspects of religion. Here we merge Boehm’s published and new codes on pre-cursors of religious beliefs with two other coded forager databases, one oriented to how social organization is shaped by environmental factors... .These allow us to bring causal approaches to issues of variability with respect to environment and to work forward towards the study of evolution in more complex societies, with special emphasis on chiefdoms and early states under the guidance of archaeologist, Henry Wright. In a similar vein, historical states and empires are studied chronologically by Turchin in terms of various causal effects shaping ethical systems and religious beliefs in larger historical states and empires. In this second book, the Evolution of Moral Gods we relate

Results extend well beyond the time scale of the project leading to diffusion of the augmented data bases, the broad distribution of the open-source codes and software for use in both classrooms and wider research, but above all to clarification of historical process and of the robustness of lack of it in prior reseach on this topic and to open new questions for research and debate in important questions in this complex field.

Algorithms, Combinatorics, Information, and Beyond

Wojciech Szpankowski. 2012. Algorithms, Combinatorics, Information, and Beyond. Plenary Talk at ISIT 2011, St. Petersburg, Russia. April 7, 2012 Wojciech Szpankowski∗ Department of Computer Science