International research project on Religion and Morality to be conducted in 15 societies, including Mauritius
The Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium is launching one of the largest scientific investigations of religion ever to be conducted. The project, entitled “The Evolution of Religion and Morality”, brings together researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines including history, psychology, anthropology, biology and neuroscience, and over 20 global institutions, including Harvard and Oxford.
Principle Investigator Edward Slingerland told Science and Religion Today:
Historical team members will perform analyses of textual traditions in the original languages, covering a broad range of human religious experience from ancient Chinese and Near Eastern religions to contemporary Islam, indigenous religions, and spiritualist movements in 20th-century Britain, including both traditional qualitative work and novel quantitative techniques that can be employed to analyze large-scale, digital archives… By the end of the six-year period, we also hope to have assembled a massive database of religious and social history that can be used by the global research community to test hypotheses about the dynamic relations between religious, social, economic, and ecological variables. Experimental-ethnographic team members will coordinate on systematic, comparative studies employing interview-based, observational, and experimental techniques (including fMRI), targeting community samples and field sites in Vancouver, Shanghai, Denmark, New York, the United Kingdom, Fiji, mainland China, Taiwan, India, Brazil, Southern Europe, Vanuatu, Israel, New Zealand, and Mauritius.
Read the full interview here