About Chris Knight

 I am best-known for my theory that human language, religion and culture emerged in our species not simply by gradual Darwinian evolution but in a process culminating in revolutionary social change. The details of my scientific hypothesis remain controversial, but the underlying idea that symbolic culture emerged during a ‘major transition’ or ‘revolution’ (often termed the human revolution) has been current for many years and is now widely agreed. Read more here.

I do science; I also do political street theatre. I hope you’ll respect the science, but please don’t take my theatrical pronouncements too seriously or literally. A sense of humour is presupposed!

MY RECENT SUSPENSION AND DISMISSAL. I am Chair of the University and College Lecturers Union at my place of work – or was so until my employers at the University of East London prohibited me from setting foot on the campus. What was the background to this surprising management action? Read more here.

See The Laughing Professor video here.

See The Government of the Dead video here.

See the Guardian’s report of the Alternative Summit here.


See my August 2008 lecture on Science, language and the origins of religion here.

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