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God, Climate Change And Farmers In Rural Punjab, Pakistan
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 19:00
In rural Punjab, farmers conceive of their relationship to the world around them in ways that build on complex ideas about God and the supernatural that are influenced by orthodox Islam as represented in the Qur’an as well as more syncretic notions that have their origins in pre-Islamic religious practices and beliefs from the Indian Sub Continent. Here, we examine the ways that local Punjabi farmers conceptualize Nature, God and themselves. We look at the ways these conceptualisations influence their explanations for the negative effects of environmental and political change over the past two decades.
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Chris Knight is best known for having developed the 'sex-strike' theory of human biological and cultural origins. Instead of attempting to explain human nature and social life piecemeal, one theory for the incest taboo, another for language, yet another for religion and so forth, Knight's approach is designed to join up the dots. Spectacularly confirmed by recent discoveries in population genetics and archaeology, this is one of the few successful attempts to put together the big picture, explaining religion, language, sexual morality and the whole range of distinctively human characteristics on the basis of one simple idea.