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The Anthropology of Korea: East Asian Perspectives.

The fish that got away? Human behavioral ecology and the study of religion During the growth phase of any academic field it is worthwhile to pause and consider the ways in which the field has developed. There are many reasons to attempt a stock-take: to gauge progress, diagnose problems, consider position relative to other disciplines, identify big challenges, spot opportunities, strategize, or simply to celebrate the field’s many achievements. Our previous editorials have variously attempted to address each of these tasks. Here, though, we would like to do something a little different. Instead of asking what actually happened to the field, we consider what might have happened: were there alternative, potentially more fruitful pathways in which our field, the biocultural study of religion, could have progressed? Were there missed opportunities during the field’s development? Rather than contemplating the fish in hand, how big was the fish that got away? By most accounts our field consists of at least two major subfields—the evolutionary study of religion and the cognitive science of religion. For at least a decade, numerous projects, conferences, books, and academic programs have been marked by successful collaborations between evolutionary and cognitive scholars of religion. This journal, of course, is also an example of the productive conjoining of these subfields.