The Center for Mind and Culture was founded by neuroscientist Patrick McNamara and philosopher of religion Wesley J. Wildman. The Center grew out of the Institute for the Biocultural Study of Religion (IBCSR), as the scope of our research broadened to many aspects of the mind-culture intersection. IBCSR’s focus on the scientific study of religion continues as one vital branch of the Center’s research, training, and outreach. Other areas of research focus are human health, public policy, and international security.
The Center is a nonprofit corporation under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as of 2007, though its work predates its incorporation. As of August 20, 2007, it is a public charity with United States federal tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Center are tax-deductible (Tax ID 26-0750389).