Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by Green College. Most people believe in deities, immaterial souls, life after death, and the divine creation of humans and other animals. Research from developmental psychology (including the study of babies) and social psychology supports a minimalist theory of why we have such beliefs, which is that they emerge from the very same processes that give rise to beliefs in other domains, such as science and politics. Finally, although it is often argued that religious beliefs have great moral significance, there is little evidence in support of this view. Overall, religious beliefs just aren’t that special.


Paul Bloom is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. He was born in Montreal, Canada, was an undergraduate at McGill University, and did his doctoral work at MIT. He has published in scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and in popular outlets such as The New York Times and The Atlantic Monthly. He is the co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the author of two books: How Children Learn the Meanings of Words and Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. His research explores children’s understanding of art, religion, and morality.  This lecture is part of the ongoing Green College lecture series, “Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture: The Evolution of Religion, Morality and Cooperation”

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Starmans, C., & Bloom, P. (2012). Windows to the soul: Children and adults see the eyes as the location of the self. Cognition, 123, 313-318. Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0010027712000285

Bloom, P. (2012). Religion, morality, evolution. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 179-199. Link: http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/full/10.1146/annurev-psych-120710-100334

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The 2011-2012 Report of the University Librarian to the Senate is now available. Highlights include digital collections projects, preservation of collections, the Chinese Canadian Stories project, partnerships and space developments in the Library. Read about our developments and future directions as we transform into a 21st-century research library.

For a printable, interactive version, please view the PDF.


Last November, the numero uno FAQ for the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award was, “What is the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award?” but this term, it was replaced by another popular FAQ seen directly below:

Q: What types of material can I submit?

All projects that are created as part of graduate coursework at UBC Vancouver and are approved for submission to cIRcle by your course instructor may be submitted. For example:

  • Essays/papers
  • Presentations (including posters)
  • Video and audio based projects

Next award submission deadline is March 31, 2013. Award details such as eligibility and more are available at: http://circle.sites.olt.ubc.ca/gss-graduate-student-society-open-scholar-award/.

Did You Know?

UBC Vancouver graduate students upload their own work into the GSS cIRcle Open Scholar Award collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/42591. Their exemplary non-thesis coursework or manuscript is subject to instructor approval. This Award aims to feature UBC as a leader in the open dissemination of graduate student work.
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The Delta/Richmond Canadian Heritage Fair needs 12 more judges. The judges judge student research projects about Canadian Heritage topics. The students need to have used archival and library resources (primary and secondary sources) to do their research. Maybe there are some Education BEd or grad students who would enjoy being a judge at the fair?

The judges that are needed are for the Delta/Regional Fair on May 3rd in Richmond, BC at the Cultural Centre/Museum.
If they have any questions they can contact Emily So at the Richmond Museum: museum@richmond.ca

Deadline to sign up to adjudicate is March 22nd.

See the documents below for more information:

Heritage Fair Invitation to Adjudicate

Adjudicator Registration Form

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). Much of the research on how we encounter information tends to focus on linear models of intentional information search. Recently a number of studies and frameworks have suggested that not all information individuals encounter is through goal-oriented search, but rather that individuals often find information and connect with people accidentally, without purposefully looking. A wide range of terms and models have been proposed to describe the phenomenon. The present presentation has three goals. First, it provides an overview of the current debate around the phenomenon of serendipity, presenting and contrasting various models of how serendipity occurs. Second, it discusses how technology could affect serendipity and opportunities for designing digital tools that support innovation, creativity, and resource discovery. Finally, it presents current research findings on how serendipity impacts the work of scholars.


Anabel Quan-Haase is Associate Professor of Information and Media Studies and Sociology at the University of Western Ontario. Her primary interests lies in the areas of Internet and society and computer-mediated communication. Quan-Haase’s current research investigates the uses of technology and the effects of technology on society.

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Martin, K., & Quan-Haase, A. (2013). Are e-books replacing print books? tradition, serendipity, and opportunity in the adoption and use of e-books for historical research and teaching. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Volume 64, Issue 5, 1016–1028, May 2013 Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/asi.22801/abstract

Quan-Haase, A. (2012). Technology and society: Inequality, power, and social networks. Don Mills: Oxford University Press. Link: http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=6356884

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Learning Technology

Learning Through Literacy and Technology

(This is another in an occasional series of introductory guides to UBC Archives’ collections and services)

Since the UBC Archives established its first Web presence in 1995, one of our on-going initiatives has been to highlight unique collections within our holdings, or to commemorate major events in the University’s history, through digital exhibitions or “virtual displays”.

These virtual displays use digital reproductions of photographic and other visual materials from the holdings of the University Archives to tell stories from UBC’s past:


history-of-the-gold-rushThe School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS) iSchool@UBC will be hosting Jim Silverman at UBC.  In his talk, Jim Silverman shares stories and pictures from children’s literary fairy tales published in California between 1868 and 1945. They range from a classic fairy tale biography of a Gold Rush eccentric called Emperor Norton, to libidinous tales spun and illustrated by a feminist-actress-mother of 10, to an Art Deco tale with a mortuary advertisement, and tales in which fairies promote a child radio star and pitch commercial products and kids discover the magic that happens by looking through a strip of colour film.


About the speaker: Jim Silverman is a librarian and historian of children and their books. Partnering with educator, Vicki Whiting, he wrote a popular newspaper feature about children in California history and supplements for The New York Times about children in New York. Jim is a Young Adult Librarian in the San Francisco Bay Area and known for grassroots programs that bring music and dance into the reading room, keeping alive the spirit of growing up in New Orleans.

Wednesday, March 27th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 461, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC

Mar 18

Featured photograph: Locomotive

Have you come to visit us at the Chung Collection lately? If you have, you will have noticed one of our new additions- a model locomotive, built by a former CPR Engineer as a retirement hobby project and given to Dr. Chung several years ago:

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