Known Unknowns or: How we learned to stop worrying about uncertainty and love intellectual humility


Known Unknowns or:  How we learned to stop worrying about uncertainty and love intellectual humility By Peter L. Samuelson, Fuller School of Psychology, petersamuelson@fuller.edu Ian M. Church, St. Louis University, churchi@slu.edu Post-doctoral researchers in the Science of Intellectual Humility Project funded by the John Templeton Foundation. In two recent articles on the NY Times opinion pages, the term “intellectual humility” has played a central role.  As “leading experts” on intellectual humility (we are researchers on a grant from the John […]

Religion in China: Is it Natural? Thrive Unveils Preliminary Findings at Hong Kong Conference


Incense sticks in taoist temple in Hong Kong

On Wednesday, April 23, researchers from the Thrive Center for Human Development, Boston University, and Chinese Academy of Sciences, among other institutions, will present initial findings from their research project “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge” at the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. “Although there is extensive research to suggest that human religiosity may be a natural byproductof human instincts, very little research has been done with participants drawn from predominantly secular environments,” said Thrive Center director and Chinese Challenge principle […]

Call for Proposals: Association for Moral Education Conference


The Association for Moral Education (AME) has announced a call for proposals for their 2014 conference here in Pasadena, California. The Thrive Center for Human Development and Thrive post-doc Peter Samuelson will be hosting the conference which will take place at the Pasadena Westin Hotel from November 6-8th, 2014. The topic for the conference is “Thriving Individuals / Thriving Communities: The Role of Moral Education in Human Flourishing. If you are interested in submitting a paper, poster, or a symposium […]

Thrive Students Presentation Opportunity – Spring Quarter, 2014


Thrive Students, There are two chances left for you to present your research at a Thrive Reflectorium. The Reflectorium is an informal meeting that functions as an awesome place for students and staff to get feedback on the research they are working on. Whether it be preparing for a dissertation proposal or practicing for an upcoming conference, the Reflectorium is a great place to work out the last kinks in the presentation and get incredible feedback from faculty and staff […]

Intellectual Humility & Children: Do children know what they think they know?


Does a young boy really know how his dad’s lawnmower works if he says that he does? Does a little girl know that the Tooth Fairy is really going to come to replace her incisor for a dollar bill with no more evidence beyond that her parents told her so? Intellectual humility, the understanding that you do not know everything, is a virtue that is the topic of research driving the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) funded, The Science of Intellectual […]

Is World of Warcraft a Religion?


It is very unlikely that the lucky children who got to open an Atari 2600 video game console on Christmas in 1977 (or their parents) had a clue that the question of whether video games could become a religion would be a legitimate one some day. In our modern world, children as young as three or four learn to operate computers (cell phones and tablets) that are more powerful than those the astronauts used in the Apollo spacecraft. Dr. Ryan […]

Justin Barrett Speaks at Cognitive Science of Religion Conference, “Is Christianity Natural”


Thrive Center Director, Dr. Justin Barrett, spoke September 13-14th, 2013 at the Cognitive Science of Religion Conference, “Is Christianity Natural?” at Seattle Pacific University. Barrett was an invited plenary speaker at the conference alongside Emory University’s Robert McCauley. In the conference’s opening plenary session, Barrett was the respondent to McCauley’s lecture, “Why Religion is Natural and Science Is Not.” Barrett gave his lecture, “How to Train Your Dragon: A Christian Response to the Cognitive Science of Religion” in the closing […]

Fuller School of Psychology 50th Anniversary Events


In 2014, Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Events will take place from Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 through Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at the Fuller Campus. Throughout the celebration will be opportunities for breakout sessions on a variety of topics, a poster session hosted by the Travis Research Institute, and Dr. Richard Beck of Abilene Christian University will present as the event’s plenary speaker. For more information and to register for this event, visit the […]

Reflectorium Recap – December 9th


December ninth marked the last THRIVE Reflectorium of the Fall quarter. Dr. Ryan Hornbeck, one of the THRIVE Center’s Post-Doctoral Research Fellows, presented his research that is part of the Templeton World Charity Foundation grant titled, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.”  Dr. Hornbeck’s presentation was based on a portion of this grant and focused on the ways in which “Moral Cognition Predicts Time Spent in Chinese ‘World of Warcraft.’”  Dr. Hornbeck takes the position of cognitive anthropologist as he […]

“Measuring Humility and Its Positive Effects” – Article By Intellectual Humility Grant Awardee


Looking at the long list of researchers and institutions who are a part of the Thrive Center’s Intellectual Humility Project might lead one to wonder, “what’s the big deal here?” Don Emerson Davis Jr. and Intellectual Humility grant awardee, Joshua Hook shed some light on this question by highlighting the challenges that exist when studying the construct of humility. Davis and Hook begin their article by stating that although there is a great deal of interest in researching humility (or […]