The Evolution of Religion and Morality

Date & Time:

Saturday May 7th, 1-3pm


UBC Point Grey – TBA.


In 2012, UBC was awarded a $3 million grant to explore the cultural evolutionary origins of religion, and the role that religion has played in human cooperation and conflict, and the rise of large-scale societies.  Learn about the project’s guiding hypotheses, as well as research findings about moralizing gods, costly sacrifices, group rituals, and moral realism.

This is a One Day @ UBC Centennial Lecture. As part of the UBC Centennial celebrations, UBC Continuing Studies is offering 20 free lectures on Saturdays at the UBC Point Grey campus from September 2015 through May 2016. Find out more.


Edward Slingerland is a professor of Asian Studies and Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition at UBC.  His latest work, Trying Not to Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, integrates ancient Chinese and modern scientific understandings of spontaneity.

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