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Fear of gods’ wrath propelled growth of societies – In the news

John Kerr posted in on February 11th, 2016.

Belief in the wrath of judgemental gods spurred the expansion of human societies, suggests a new study co-authored by New Zealanders. The researchers interviewed hundreds of people from eight diverse communities around the world – including Vanuatu and Fiji – who practised a wide range of religions. Studying people playing economic games, they found that […]

RWC Fever not healthy?

John Kerr posted in on September 29th, 2011.

To many New Zealanders rugby is more than just a sport, but maybe we need to lighten up if we want to enjoy it. Dominion Post journalist Michelle Duff caught up with Canterbury University sports sociologist Camilla Obel to talk about rugby, the national psyche and the typical All blacks fan. An excerpt (read in […]

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