Image of a landscape - a field with rolling hills, and a sunset.

Landscape Metaphors Unearth Insights into the Evolution of World Religions

A team from Carnegie Mellon University and the Santa Fe Institute compared data from more than 400 world religions in a unique way by applying landscape metaphors – peaks and valleys – to examine functional patterns of worship and belief. Their approach using the Bridges-2 system revealed how some religions persist or change and others die out.