Where do moral values come from? A new understanding arises from the evolution of the mammalian brain. Although all animals have nervous system circuitry supporting care of self, in mammals this circuitry was extended and modified to include caring for others. In the first instance the others were offspring, and the neurohormone, oxytocin, was at the hub of attachment to and caring for others. When conditions favored group life, evolutionary modifications to the circuitry supported the extension of care beyond offspring to mates, to kin, and to friends. Humans, like other highly social mammals, are strongly motivated to be with group members and to share in their practices. Human moral behavior, while more complex than the social behaviour of other animals, depends on a similar neural platform, but is also shaped by the human capacity to solve problems, plan for the future and develop social institutions.
- The deadline is December 16, 2013 for receiving applications. The position offers the opportunity for one influential scholar, activist, artist, leader, or practitioner for a 4-month period, from September – Dec, or January – April.
- This new series gathers scholars from the humanities living and working along the North American Pacific coast to investigate the idea of “oecology,” an older spelling of the modern concept “ecology”.
- November 14, 2013The Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor General's Award honours two Green College Writers-in-Residence.
- November 06, 2013Fakir created Space Launch Canada with a vision for BC as a destination for launching satellites and putting Canada on the space exploration map.
- September 26, 2013Since September 2012, Green College has partnered with UBC TREK to support Green College residents in volunteering at Lord Strathcona Elementary School. Lord Strathcona is located in the heart of Vancouver’s Chinatown, and is the oldest elementary school in Vancouver.
- Audio recording of Jillian Christmas and Chris Gilpin (Play Chthonics: New Canadian Readings series)September 20, 2013On Wednesday, September 18, poetry-slam champion Jillian Christmas was joined by Chris Gilpin for live readings at Green College.