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  • Located in Charlottesville, VA
    Andy Thompson
  • He runs a private practice of general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry
  • Andy recently wrote Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

Dr. Thomson is a psychiatrist in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has a private practice of general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry as well as serving as a staff psychiatrist at the University of Virginia's Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy and the Counseling and Psychological Services of the University of Virginia Student Health Services. Born in Washington, D.C. he received his B.A. degree from Duke University and his M.D. from University of Virginia School of Medicine. Robert Wright's book The Moral Animal introduced him to the emerging discipline of evolutionary psychology. It is that new lens of evolutionary psychology that informs his recent work on a comprehensive psychological formulation of suicide terrorism.

An excellent video of Andy Thomson's talk at the 2009 American Atheists Convention, "Why We Believe in God," has been posted on YouTube courtesy of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. This is an excellent video and we encourage you to check it out!

Andy recently wrote Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith In which Richard Dawkins wrote the foreword.It is designed for any curious individual to be able to be up to speed in less than two hours on the psychological science of religion.

The eMpirical has also done a Speaker's Bureau Spotlight article on this speaker.

If you would like more information on this speaker, his website is www.jandersonthomson.com.

Dr. Thomson would enjoy speaking on:

  • Suicide Terrorism
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Human Evolution and its implications for everyday life
  • Clinical applications of Evolutionary Psychology

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