The Chinese Challenge Conference

The Chinese Challenge Conference was held on as a conclusion to the project, “Is Religion Natural? The Chinese Challenge.” The conference was held at in Hong Kong on April 23, 2014, where researchers from the Thrive Center for Human Development, Boston University, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and other institutions, presented initial findings from their research.

Each week, we will be posting a new set of videos from the lectures given at the conference. Please check back often to learn more about the cognitive science of religion and the Chinese Challenge.

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Video Release Schedule

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Week 1: An Introduction to the Cognitive Science of Religion, and The Chinese Challenge

Conference Introduction – Dr. Justin Barrett [View on Youtube]

An Introduction to the Cognitive Science of Religion and The Chinese Challenge – Dr. Justin Barrett [View on Youtube]

Week 2: Children, Adolescents, and Religious Ideas

Interview: The Role of Children and Adolescents in the Spread of Counterintuitive Religious-Type Ideas – Dr. Justin Gregory [View on Youtube]

Presentation: The Role of Children and Adolescents in the Spread of Counterintuitive Religious-Type Ideas – Dr. Justin Gregory [View on Youtube]

Week 3: Children’s Understanding of Nonhuman Minds

Presentation: Dogs, Santa Claus, and Sun Wukong: Children’s Understanding of Nonhuman Minds – Dr. Justin Barrett [View on Youtube]

Week 4: Personhood Concepts in China

Interview: Personhood Concepts in China: The role of Qi (Vital Energy) – Dr. Melanie Nyhof [View on Youtube]

Presentation: Personhood Concepts in China: The role of Qi (Vital Energy) – Dr. Melanie Nyhof [View on Youtube]

Week 5: High Gods, Low Gods, and Morality in Ancient China

Interview: High Gods, Low Gods, and Morality in Ancient China: Developing New Methods, Answering Old Questions – Dr. Ryan Nichols [View on Youtube]

Presentation: High Gods, Low Gods, and Morality in Ancient China: Developing New Methods, Answering Old Questions – Dr. Ryan Nichols [View on Youtube]

Week 6: Are Religious Rituals Structured by Natural Thought? – COMING SOON

Presentation: Are Religious Rituals Structured by Natural Thought? – Dr. Justin Barrett

Week 7: Spiritual Experiences and Gaming in China – COMING SOON

Interview: The Cognitive Foundations of Spiritual Experiences in Chinese World of Warcraft – Dr. Ryan Hornbeck

Presentation: The Cognitive Foundations of Spiritual Experiences in Chinese World of Warcraft – Dr. Ryan Hornbeck

Week 8: Understanding of the Afterlife and Purpose – COMING SOON

Interview: Chinese Children’s Understanding of the Afterlife – Dr. Liqi Zhu

Presentation: Chinese Children’s Understanding of the Afterlife – Dr. Liqi Zhu

Presentation: Chinese Adult’s Intuitions About Purpose in Nature – Dr. Deb Kelemen