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Fear of a vengeful God may explain humanity’s global expansion
New research out of UBC that shows fear of vengeful gods enabled humanity’s formation of large communities and institutions. The scientists conducted research in eight communities around the world and found that participants who believed in a moralistic God acted much more fairly towards virtual strangers, paving the way for humanity’s global expansion. Washington Post, Wired UK
Why you can’t get that top 40 song out of your head
UBC music professor David Metzer says certain songs like Adele’s Hello are so catchy because they employ the power ballad formula. The song starts with a slow build and then switches to intense release about three quarters of the way through. The formula goes all the way back to Barry Manilow tunes that peaked in the ’70s and early ’80s, says Metzer. Wired UK
CBD is the chemical medical marijuana is buzzing about
In medical marijuana circles, the buzz nowadays is about cannabidiol (CBD), not THC, according to Huffington Post. CBD doesn’t cause a high and has a wide range of medical benefits, as well as being abundant in the marijuana plant. Jonathan Page, an adjunct professor of botany at UBC, said a growing number of patients are turning to CBD as treatment for seizures. Wired UK, News 1130
Opinion: Physician, heal thyself
Goldis Mitra, a UBC medical resident, writes about the need for resiliency training for residents, who are constantly sleep-deprived and under stress. She called for integrating insights gained in training soldiers to be integrated in the residency curriculum. Specific solutions could include mindfulness workshops and stress management training, Mitra said. Wired UK
Valentine’s Day advice for the single person
A CBC News article offering dating advice for singles includes comments from Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins, a professor at UBC who studies the metaphysics of love. “There is this perception that we can’t understand love, and that it’s really mysterious,” said Ichikawa Jenkins. “Nothing we do is going to get us any closer to figuring out what it is, and you have to let it go and not overthink it.” Washington Post, News 1130
Vancouver’s property transfer revenues one-quarter of B.C.’s total
Vancouver accounted for nearly a quarter of $1.15 billion property transfer taxes collected in B.C. in the past fiscal year, according to the Vancouver Sun. This tax haul reflects the frenzy in Metro Vancouver’s housing market. According to UBC real estate expert Tsur Somerville, the rise in property transfer revenues worrying because they are “fundamentally cyclical” and would eventually go down. Washington Post
Could Uber protests back east impact Vancouver?
The impact of Uber protests in Toronto and Montreal on its future in Vancouver is the focus of a News 1130 article. UBC marketing expert David Hardisty said that the taxi drivers’ tactics might backfire and get more people to try Uber. News 1130