The Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC) is a research and training hub at the University of British Columbia that aims to simultaneously advance understanding of the human species within the framework of Darwinian evolutionary theory, and encourage evolutionary scientists to incorporate cultural learning and cultural evolution in explanations of human thought and behavior. Our “Evolution of Religion and Morality” project brings together the expertise of over fifty scientists, social scientists and humanities scholars from universities across the globe into a research network called the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC). CERC aims to answer the question of what religion is, how it is linked to morality, and why it plays such a ubiquitous role in human existence.
Edward Slingerland is a Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, and the Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition. He is a co-director of the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture and the PI and director of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC). His research specialties include warring states, Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, evolutionary psychology, and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences.