Peter Maňo

Peter Maňo
Masaryk University | MUNI · Department for the Study of Religions

Master of Arts

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Introduction
I received my M.A. from the Institute of Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. I am a research fellow at LEVYNA (http://www.levyna.cz/) and an alumnus of the Experimental Anthropology Lab (https://www.experimentalanthropology.com). I have been doing fieldwork in Mauritius since 2013 using both ethnography and experimental methods in exploring rituals, religion and morality, in an evolutionary perspective. I currently hold a PhD position in Anthropology at Comenius University, Bratislava and in Religious Studies at Masaryk University, Brno
Additional affiliations
September 2013 - June 2014
Comenius University Bratislava
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • "Anthropology of religion" - Bc. class; "Field data analysis" (co-teaching with Lucia Vávrová) - Bc. class
September 2013 - present
Masaryk University
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • - data collection for "The Evolution of Religion and Morality" project for CERC (http://www.hecc.ubc.ca/cerc/project-summary/); ethnographic fieldwork & experimental anthropology in Mauritius: Religion, ritual and morality in an evolutionary perspective
Education
October 2013 - July 2017
Comenius University Bratislava
Field of study
  • Anthropology
September 2013 - June 2017
Masaryk University
Field of study
  • Religious studies
September 2013 - June 2017
Comenius University Bratislava
Field of study
  • Anthropology

Publications

Publications (21)
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Public ritual acts convey strategic information about the qualities of ritual actors. Although a prolific literature has examined their role in coordinating collective action in a variety of contexts, one of the most common communicative functions of ritual behavior in nature, i.e. its role in signaling mate quality, has received limited empirical...
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Evolutionary perspectives suggest that participation in collective rituals may serve important communicative functions by signaling practitioners' commitment to the community and its values. While previous research has examined the effects of ritual signals at the individual and collective level, there has been limited attention directed to the imp...
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Across all cultures, people frequently engage in ritualized (non-instrumental) behaviors. How do those causally opaque actions affect perceptions of causal efficacy? Using real-life stimuli extracted from NCAA basketball games, we asked fans, players of the game, and subjects naive to the game to predict the outcome of free throw attempts. We found...
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For decades, natural scientists have been successfully using Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection to explain various biological phenomena. The success of the theory in its modern form (neo-Darwinism) lies in its theoretical precision and clear criteria defining the evolutionary process. Recognizing the explanatory and predictive potent...
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Every year, Tamil Hindus around the globe celebrate one of the most extreme rituals in the world. The ceremony involves piercing the body with numerous metallic needles, skewers, or rods; carrying heavy decorated structures (kavadi), often weighing over 30 kg; dragging enormous chariots attached to the hips and backs with hooks; and walking on shoe...
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The relationship between religion and social behavior has been the subject of longstanding debates. Recent evolutionary models of religious morality propose that particular types of supernatural beliefs related to moralizing and punitive high gods will have observable effects on prosociality. We tested this hypothesis, comparing the effects of dive...
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During his first presidential inauguration, Barack Obama got the oath of office wrong, so aftersome intense debates, he eventually had to retake it. At the 2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Sochi, one of the five Olympic rings did not light up as planned, whichcreated a fertile ground for mockery and ridicule of the organizers. Similarly, th...
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Religious rituals have long puzzled scientists since they consume a lot of energy, time, and resources. What is it about rituals that explains their prevalence? Are there any fitness benefits to ritual participation? Two experiments (visual and auditory stimuli) examine the effect of religious cue intensity on perceived mate attractiveness. Field s...
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Priming with religious concepts is known to have a positive effect on prosocial behavior, however the effects of religious primes associated with outgroups remain unknown. To explore this, we conducted a field experiment in a multi-cultural, multi-religious setting (the island of Mauritius). Our design used naturally occurring, ecologically relevan...
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In the Cognitive Science of Religion, religion and rituals are not considered assui generis phenomena but as results of ordinary cognition. Lawson and McCauley redirected the study of religion and ritual towards mechanism underlying humanritual behaviour and understood this “cognitive turn” as a complementary approach to the earlier interpretive wo...
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„Reklama primäla týchto ľudí naháňať sa za autami a šatami, ktoré nepotrebujú. Generácie pracujú v zamestnaniach, ktoré neznášajú, len aby si mohli kúpiť to, čo v skutočnosti nepotrebujú. A tak sme sa ocitli v situácii, keď nevlastníme veci, ale veci vlastnia nás“, (Klub bitkárov, 1999). Od úsvitu ľudstva je každá spoločnosť charakteristická aplik...

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