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Creating ConsilienceIntegrating the Sciences and the Humanities$

Edward Slingerland and Mark Collard

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199794393

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199794393.001.0001

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(p.432) Appendix “Integrating Science and the Humanities”

(p.432) Appendix “Integrating Science and the Humanities”

Creating Consilience
Oxford University Press

An Exploratory Workshop from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at the University of British Columbia

Held at the University of British Columbia, September 26–28, 2008


Talks and Topics

Science and the Humanities in a Historical Perspective

Alan Richardson, “The Humanities as Vertically Challenged: A Short History”

Raymond Corbey, “Human Unicity: Primate Research as an Arena for Philosophical Controversies”

Edward Slingerland, “Moving from a Bi-versity to a True University: Prospects and Challenges”

What Is Vertical Integration and Why Should We Care?

Steven Pinker, “The Humanities and Human Nature”

Richard Shweder, “The Metaphysical Realities of the Unphysical Sciences; And Why Vertical Integration Seems So Unreal (and Unsavory) to Ontological Pluralists”

Stephen Stich, “We’re All Connected: Science, Ethics and the Law”

Dualism and Our Concept of the Person

Emma Cohen, “Spirit Possession and Folk Dualism”

Rita Astuti, “The Emergence of Dualism in Madagascar: Ethnographic and Experimental Evidence”

Shaun Nichols, “The Folk Psychology of Consciousness”

An Integrated Approach to Ethics

Jesse Prinz, “Emotions and Moral Judgment: A Review of Competing Models”

Herbert Gintis, “Behavioral Ethics: Other-regarding Preferences and Character Virtues”

Dennis Krebs, “The Origin of Morality”

(p.433) Why Do Humans Have Religion?

David Sloan Wilson, “Evolution and Religion: Toward a Convergence of Previous Disparate Views”

Robert McCauley, “The Importance of Being ‘Ernest’”

Harvey Whitehouse, “Explaining Religion”

Ara Norenzayan, “The Coevolution of Religion and Prosociality”

What Is Culture? Cognitive and Evolutionary Approaches

Dan Sperber, “Naturalizing Culture: Two Challenges and One Solution”

Pascal Boyer, “Three Styles of Inquiry in the Study of Culture. Explaining the Current Dismal State of Cultural nthropology”

Bradd Shore, “Culture in General and in Particular: False Dichotomies in Culture Theory”

Darren Irwin, “Culture in Songbirds and Its Contribution Toward the Evolution of New Species”

Approaches to Literature

Brian Boyd, “Naturalistic Literary Theory and Naturalistic Literary Criticism”

Jonathan Gottschall, “Literature, Science, and a New Humanities”

Joseph Carroll, “Graphing Jane Austen—Using Human Nature in Empirical Literary Study”

Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, “Narrative Archaeology: The Oral Tradition as the Record of the Past”

Barbara Dancygier, “Fictional Minds and Storytelling: Blending and the Evolution of Literary Discourse”

List of Participants

Principal Investigators

Edward Slingerland, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia

Joseph Henrich, Psychology and Economics, University of British Columbia


  • Rita Astuti, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Murat Aydede, Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Pascal Boyer, Psychology and Anthropology, Washington University
  • Brian Boyd, English, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Stefania Burk, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Joseph Carroll, English, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Emma Cohen, Anthropology, Oxford University
  • Mark Collard, Archaeology, Simon Fraser University
  • Raymond Corbey, Philosophy, Tilburg University, and Archaeology, Leiden University
  • Barbara Dancygier, English, University of British Columbia
  • Herbert Gintis, Economics, University of Massachusetts
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  • Jonathan Gottschall, English, Washington and Jefferson
  • Steve Heine, Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Leslie Heywood, English, State University of New York, Binghamton
  • Judy Illes, Neurology, University of British Columbia
  • Darren Irwin, Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • Dennis Krebs, Psychology, Simon Fraser University
  • Eric Margolis, Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Robert McCauley, Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture, Emory University
  • Anne Murphy, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Shaun Nichols, Philosophy, University of Arizona
  • Ara Norenzayan, Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • Sharalyn Orbaugh, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
  • Steven Pinker, Psychology, Harvard University
  • Jesse Prinz, Philosophy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Alan Richardson, Philosophy, University of British Columbia
  • Richard Shweder, Committee on Human Development, University of Chicago
  • Bradd Shore, Anthropology, Emory University
  • Dan Sperber, Social and Cognitive Science, Directeur de Recherche au CNRS, Paris
  • Stephen Stich, Philosophy, Rutgers University
  • Michelle Scalise Sugiyama, English, University of Oregon
  • Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson, Linguistics, University of British Columbia
  • Harvey Whitehouse, Anthropology, Oxford University
  • David Sloan Wilson, Biological Studies, Binghamton University