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TEDx – Trying Not to Try: the Power of Spontaneity

TEDx – Trying Not to Try: the Power of Spontaneity

Edward Slingerland – a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia – claims that recent research suggests that many aspects of a satisfying life – such as happiness and spontaneity – are best pursued indirectly. The early Chinese philosophers knew this, and they wrote extensively about an effortless way of being in the world. We’ve long […]

How to Do Things With Millions of Words

How to Do Things With Millions of Words

TWO PUBLIC LECTURES ON DIGITAL HUMANITIES co-presented by Green College (UBC), The Early Modern Conversions Project (McGill University) and the Cultural Evolution of Religion Consortium (UBC) THE DIGITAL HUMANITIES: SOME CONTEXTS, CONCEPTS AND INITIATIVES Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Humanities, University of Victoria Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road […]

The Power of Ritual – Dimitris Xygalatas – TedXAthens

The Power of Ritual – Dimitris Xygalatas – TedXAthens

From fire-walking to meditation, and from graduation ceremonies to wine toasting, rituals are everywhere. But what purpose do they serve? Dimitris Xygalatas combines anthropology, science, and technology to answer this question. Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas is an experimental anthropologist who specializes in the study of ritual behaviour. His research focuses on the application of scientific methods and […]

Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

Moralistic gods, supernatural punishment and the expansion of human sociality

Benjamin Grant Purzycki & CERC in Nature Belief in moralistic, punitive gods that take an interest in human affairs may have facilitated the expansion of human societies, finds a study published in Nature this week. Several theories have been invoked to explain the expansion of human cooperation and societal complexity, which has been taking place since the origins […]

The New Science of Religion Series

The New Science of Religion Series

HECC and CERC are proud to launch the New Science of Religion Series, a video and podcast collaboration with Transliminal Media and funded by UBC and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Religion

Purzycki, B. G., Kiper, J., Shaver, J., Finkel, D. N., and Sosis, R. (2015). Religion. In Scott, Robert A., and Kosslyn, Stephen M. (eds.). Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. New York: Wiley, pp. 1-16.

An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds

Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2016). An Ecological Theory of Gods’ Minds. In De Cruz, Helen and Nichols, Ryan (eds.). Advances in Religion, Cognitive Science, and Experimental Philosophy. New York: Continuum, pp. 143-167.

On the Dark Side of Religion and Other Forms of Impression Management

Purzycki, B. G. (2014). On the Dark Side of Religion and Other Forms of Impression Management. Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion, 2(1): 29-34.

Ecology, Consensus, and Variation: Issues with Time and Persistence in Religious Systems

Purzycki, B. G., and McNamara, R. A. (2015). Ecology, Consensus, and Variation: Issues with Time and Persistence in Religious Systems. Religion, Brain and Behavior, 5(3): 250-253.

Religious Cognition and Behaviour in Autism: The Role of Mentalizing

Paul Reddish, Penny Tok & Radek Kundt (2015): Religious Cognition and Behaviour in Autism: The Role of Mentalizing, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, DOI: 10.1080/10508619.2014.1003518