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New Atheism, Ritual and Identity Fusion – Harvey Whitehouse CERC Interview series

New Atheism, Ritual and Identity Fusion – Harvey Whitehouse CERC Interview series

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)

Researching Religion and Prosociality – Ara Norenzayan

Researching Religion and Prosociality – Ara Norenzayan

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.

Archaeology and Religion – Lars Fogelin CERC Interview series

Archaeology and Religion – Lars Fogelin CERC Interview series

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.

Extreme Rituals – Dimitris Xygalatas CERC Interview series

Extreme Rituals – Dimitris Xygalatas CERC Interview series

Why do people engage in painful, costly, and even dangerous religious rituals? Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas, director of Masaryk University’s LEVYNA Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, draws on fieldwork in Mauritius to explain.

Joe Henrich on Science for the People

Joe Henrich on Science for the People

#220 Community Specific Science – This week, we’re looking at the ways that science and medicine impact specific communities. We’ll speak to biologist and science educator Danielle N. Lee about the state of science journalism at media sources that serve minority audiences. Microbiologist and public health researcher Rebecca Kreston explains why (and how) some diseases […]

Jonathan Phillips and Joe Henrich on "The Mind Report"

Jonathan Phillips and Joe Henrich on "The Mind Report"

Jonathan Phillips (Yale University) and Joe Henrich (University of British Columbia) were recently on The Mind Report, discussing WEIRDness, the markets and morality, and religion.

This View of Life: Major Forum Clarifies Nature of Cultural Evolution

This View of Life: Major Forum Clarifies Nature of Cultural Evolution

Edward Slingerland, Joseph Bulbulia, and Armin Geertz on the Cultural Evolution of Religion.

The "On Literature and Science" video series
Ara Norenzayan and Joshua Knobe on "The Mind Report"

Ara Norenzayan and Joshua Knobe on "The Mind Report"

Ara Norenzayan (UBC) and Joshua Knobe (Yale) were recently on Bloggingheads.tv, talking about the public perception of atheists.

The role of religion in the current unrest in the Middle East – Edward Slingerland on CBC Radio

The role of religion in the current unrest in the Middle East – Edward Slingerland on CBC Radio

Deadly riots in several Muslim countries have been sparked by a video, posted on Youtube, that ridicules the prophet Mohammad. To talk about the role of religion in the unrest, Rebecca spoke with UBC Professor Edward Slingerland. [more]