Lionel Tiger, the Charles Darwin Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Rutgers, continued his multi-faceted research that develops evolutionary perspectives on human behavior and institutions in industrial and post-industrial society. One of his current projects is developing the relationship between neurophysiology and religious behavior and social structures with Michael McGuire, MD, Director of the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the UCLA Medical School. McGuire was the first to isolate the social functions of serotonin and is hence responsible for development of a major array of psychoactive medications now part of world-wide practice. The team presented a paper in 2007 to the Gruter Institute for Legal and Behavioral Research on links between religion and the brain.
Prof. Tiger continues to deliver a large number of lectures to diverse groups including the Institute of Contemporary Art (London), the Harvard Faculty Club, the American Museum of Natural History, Mount Sinai Hospital, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy at the Center for Naval Analysis (Arlington). His topics range from “Men in the Changing Worlds of Production and Reproduction,” to “Is Religion the Human Default?” “Alcohol and Pleasure,” “The Decline of Males,” “What Would Darwin Say?” and “Primordial Social Skills.”