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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. […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

The University of the 21st Century: A Catalyst for Creativity and Innovation

The University of the 21st Century: A Catalyst for Creativity and Innovation

On Tuesday, January 13 at 5pm at the Coach House, Green College, 6201 Cecil Green Park Road, Professor Arvind Gupta, President and Vice-Chancellor of UBC gave the fourth talk in a special Green College lecture series on Ideas of the University in the Early 21st Century, in which prominent intellectuals and public figures offer their […]

Prosociality Conference Keynote Address Videos Available

Prosociality Conference Keynote Address Videos Available

In October of 2014, the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies hosted an International Research Roundtable entitled “Prosociality in History and Historiography: Can Big Gods tip the Balance in World History?”. We now have the three-part keynote address available on our youtube channel, including segments by HECC directors Joseph Henrich and Edward Slingerland, and a […]

Ara Norenzayan on The Terry Project

Ara Norenzayan on The Terry Project

The Future of the Christian Church Panelists: Douglas Todd is a Vancouver-based journalist, speaker and an author. He writes on spirituality, ethics and diversity for the Vancouver Sun. He’s also behind the popular blog, the Search, which takes on controversial topics such as race, sex, and religion. John G. Stackhouse, a professor of theology and culture […]

Ara Norenzayan on BBC’s “The Forum”

Ara Norenzayan on BBC’s “The Forum”

Ara Norenzayan was recently on BBC’s interview program “The Forum”, talking about religion and his new book, Big Gods. Listen here.