November 7, 2016
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 […]
April 19, 2016
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 […]
February 11, 2015
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 […]
February 10, 2015
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 […]
January 18, 2014
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 […]
September 26, 2013
A Walk In The Park with Dr Harvey Whitehouse Whitehouse, director of Oxford University’s Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, explains why he thinks simplistic arguments about religion’s value and function in society are mistaken. (Part I)
July 31, 2013
Dr Ara Norenzayan, social psychologist at the University of British Columbia, outlines his and his colleagues’ research program on studying the links between religion and cooperation in large groups.
July 9, 2013
What does archaeology tell us about religion? Dr. Lars Foeglin of the University of Arizona introduces how academics who study ancient societies and artifacts approach religion and what it means for people’s lives.