Tue
13Dec
UTC
7:30pm
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Can rituals change the world?

Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

Do you ever pray, raise a glass to make a toast, attend weddings or birthday parties? Rituals come in many different forms and are practiced by all cultures around the world. But why are they so important to us?

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Do you ever pray, raise a glass to make a toast, attend weddings or birthday parties? 

Rituals are inherently tied to the human experience. They come in many different forms and are practiced by all cultures around the world. But why are they so important to us?

Ritual is one of the most puzzling of human behaviours. What does the latest research in anthropology and cognitive science has to say about this peculiar aspect of our nature? 

Why do rituals make us feel better? Why are ceremonies found throughout our history and across all cultures, and why do we continue to participate in them? Can they be the source of transformative power?

Joining us to unravel these questions and many more is the leading expert on rituals Professor Dimitris Xygalatas, an anthropologist and cognitive scientist who studies some of the things that make us human. 

Talk outline

Duration

50 minutes

What to expect

30 minute talk

20 minute Member Q&A

Professor Dimitris Xygalatas

Professor Xygalatas is an anthropologist and cognitive scientist at the University of Connecticut. He has spent more than two decades studying ritual and is passionate about bringing scientific measurements into real-life settings

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