The New Science of Religion


It's an endlessly contentious, incredibly important, but  deeply mysterious phenomenon.

In this mini-series, we talk with scholars working at the cutting edge of science to explore just what religion is, where it came from, and what makes it so powerful. 

Whether you're a devout believer, an avowed atheist, or somewhere in between, the answers may shock you. 

Join us on this journey, deep into the roots of human psyche.  

A journey into the new science of religion. 


With the generous support of UBC and SSHRC, this series has now been upgraded to a free, full-length online course, available in Spring 2017 from EdX.  Please enroll to access many more hours of insight and learning.



Dr Edward Slingerland, co-director of UBC's Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture, introduces what it means to study religion from a scientific perspective. 



Dr Joseph Henrich explains how genes and culture co-evolved to create faith, ultimately facilitating civilization.



Dr Benjamin Purzycki now how omniscient, moralizing gods are linked with higher degrees of cooperation.



Dr Jonathan Lanman on what best predicts one's belief in god and propensity for martyrdom.



Dr Montserrat Soler on how lavish rituals can be adaptive, plus why 'New Atheism' isn't scientific. 



Full-length interview with Dr Jordan B Peterson, author of Maps of Meaning: the Architecture of Belief.