Atheist Interviews with Hector A Garcia | The Preaching Humanist 01.40

Guest host Mark Vandebrake talks with clinical psychologist Hector Garcia, author of the groundbreaking book “Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression.”

The book uses evolutionary psychology as a lens to explain religious violence. This emerging field is a theoretical approach in the social and natural sciences that examines psychological structure from an evolutionary perspective. It seeks to identify which human psychological traits are evolved adaptations. Simply put, evolutionary psychology is the idea that humans are born predisposed to handle situations our ancestors would have frequently encountered.

Hector Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio specializing in the treatment of combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. He has published extensively on PTSD in combat veterans, masculine identity in the aftermath of war, stress and rank in organizations, and the interplay between religious practice and psychopathology.

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