Quelling radicalization through new understanding of ritual, fusion and identity

What drives people to take up arms for groups such as ISIS and how can this be prevented?
Ideaslab presentation at the world economic forum in partnership with the European research council.

January 18, 2017



Why Facts Don't Unify Us

If facts don’t unify us, what does?
Betazone presentation at the World Economic Forum in partnership with Nature Publishing group.

January 17, 2017



What can the reaction to the death of Cecil the lion tell us about human co-operation?

The Oxford Martin programme on natural governance is a new research initiative. Here, programme Directors Dominic Johnson, David Macdonald and Harvey Whitehouse look at what the reaction to Cecil's death can tell us about human co-operation.

June 2016



Early Civilization and Belief

Excerpt from episode 4 'Creation', The Story of God with Morgan Freeman.

April 24, 2016


Religion Past and Present (part of a panel at the Integrative Science Symposium)

International Convention of Psychological Science, Effectenbeurszaal, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

March 13, 2015


New Atheism, Ritual, and Identity Fusion: A Walk in the Park With Harvey Whitehouse

Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, And Culture, University Of British Columbia.

August 20, 2013


Professor Harvey Whitehouse: 'What Motivates Extremism?'

Interview, Cumberland Lodge

November 8, 2017


Rites From the Start

Interview with Thea Cunningham (Begins at 14:03), Nature Podcast

January 24, 2013

Religion, Cohesion and Hostility

Science and Religious Conflict Conference, James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford

May 17, 2010

God on My Mind: Evolution

Radio Interview with Matthew Taylor, BBC Radio 4

March 24, 2010


What Motivates Extreme Self-Sacrifice?

Pacific Standard

March 21, 2016

Libyan Bands of Brothers Show How Deeply Humans Bond in Adversity

The Conversation

November 12, 2014

Human Rites


December 12, 2012

Der Sinn von Ritualen: Beispiel Religion (PDF)

Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Spezial 1


Developing the Field Site Concept for the Study of Cultural Evolution: An Anthropologists View

Social Evolution Forum

October 19, 2016

The Role of Ritual in the Evolution of Social Complexity: Five Predictions and a Drum Roll

Social Evolution Forum

October 19, 2015

Three Wishes for the World

Social Evolution Forum

March 12, 2013

To Understand Present Day Cultures We Must Study the Past: a Commentary on David Sloan Wilson [with Michael E. Hochberg]

Social Evolution Forum

October 15, 2012

Intelligent Design Versus Random Mutation? (A comment on Steven Pinker) [with Ryan McKay]

Social Evolution Forum

June 22, 2012

Four Recipes for Religion

International Cognition and Culture Institute

January 25, 2010

Anthropology in Crisis - What, Still?

International Cognition and Culture Institute

June 7, 2009

Why Do We Sometimes De-Humanize Our Fellow Humans? Some Preliminary Reflections [with Justin Barrett]

International Cognition and Culture Institute

December 21, 2008

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