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"Why religion?" Aiken Lao

The Science of Religion Online Course

A new massive open online course from UBC on the science of religion is combining science and the humanities to discover why some of us believe. The course is hosted by edX, an open-source online course provider, and is one of 38 currently offered by UBC on the platform. With over 1000 courses offered in […]

Rituals, Beliefs, and Religious Minds

FUTURE DIRECTIONS ON THE EVOLUTION OF RITUALS, BELIEFS AND RELIGIOUS MINDS May 9-14, 2018 Erice, Sicily, ITALY WORKSHOP ORGANIZERS Ara Norenzayan (University of British Columbia) Joe Henrich (Harvard University) Edward Slingerland (University of British Columbia) Stefano Parmigiani (University of Parma) Purpose of the workshop As a deep and enduring aspect of human societies and individual […]

How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History – Ara Norenzayan Interview

How “Big Gods” Transformed Human History – Ara Norenzayan Interview

For tens of thousands of years, humans lived in small bands of hunter-gatherers, sharing some kind of animistic belief. They probably believed the landscape was alive and sacred. And then everything changed. In just a few thousand years, people gathered by the hundreds or thousands in big settlements. And that’s when the Big Gods arrived. […]

DNA is Not Destiny – Steven Heine

DNA is Not Destiny – Steven Heine

THE REMARKABLE, COMPLETELY MISUNDERSTOOD RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR GENES One of the world’s leading cultural psychologists debunks the hype surrounding DNA testing and puts to rest our mistaken anxieties about our genes. Do you fear what might be lurking in your DNA? Well, now you can find out, and you most likely will. Scientists […]

ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine – Mind-Body Dualism in Ancient China

ASU Center for Evolution & Medicine – Mind-Body Dualism in Ancient China

It is commonly claimed that mind-body dualism is entirely foreign to China—or “the East” more generally. This talk will draw on a wide variety of evidence to debunk this Orientalist myth of holism, including archeological findings, traditional close reading of texts, novel large-scale textual analysis techniques, and work in contemporary evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science. […]

Talks at Google – Trying Not to Try

Talks at Google – Trying Not to Try

This is the third in a series of Talks at Google by current and former fellows of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. Previous CASBS speakers appearing in the Talks at Google program include Rose McDermott and Eric Klinenberg. Learn more about CASBS at http://casbs.stanford.edu and follow @CASBSStanford. […]