Challenges To Evolutionary Psychology

Interesting arguments.  I’m not sure how many of them threaten the credibility of either evolutionary psychology or sociobiology as disciplines themselves , rather than specific morally and politically unpleasant theses advanced by particular theories derived by scientists working within those fields.  And these arguments force evo psych and sociobiology to incorporate a view of the [Read More...]

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Our Caveman Brains

No one is immune—the question is whether we cultivate or counteract our natural cognitive fallacies. A professor at the University of Guelph, Prof. Davis has spent the past 20 years paying attention to the use of such seemingly benign phrases: “It was a sign,” “Thank God” and even “Good luck.” To him, such phrases reflect [Read More...]

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Mark and “Marco”

Maureen Dowd is harsh but insightful: As in all great affairs, Mark Sanford fell in love simultaneously with a woman and himself — with the dashing new version of himself he saw in her molten eyes. [Read more...]

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How Faith Is Not Like Other (Revisable) Reflexive Assumptions

(It should not be necessary for understanding this post, but for the full backstory to this debate see my series on Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals, parts 1, 2, 3, & 4 and my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues and Vices”) Shane writes in reply to my post “On Teleology and Intellectual Virtues [Read More...]

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Christian Belief as a Natural Phenomenon

Since May, Valerie Tarico has been writing a six part series of articles called “Christina Belief as a Natural Phenomenon.”  Part 5 was just released last night.  I highly suggest reading through all the articles and would love your feedback in our comments section.  Your ideas from there might lead to future blog posts.  So [Read More...]

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France Considers Banning Burqas in Public and I Consider Haidt on Pluralism

France, which has already banned headscarves in schools, purportedly as an effort to separate church and state, is now considering banning the burqa in public since it represents servitude and indignity for women (according to Sarkozy).  Click here for the full story and links to perspectives on the option. Would the effects of this be [Read More...]

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Grove City Professor Throckmorton Attacks Anti-Gay Propaganda

As the school psychologist during all my undergraduate years as at Grove City College, Warren Throckmorton counseled a couple of my friends about their closeted homosexuality. (I also visited Professor Throckmorton while a junior and an Evangelical Christian for probably three elective counseling sessions but for different reasons.  I liked him a lot.)  Here’s how [Read More...]

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Objections To Religious Moderates and Intellectuals (part 3)

Shane’s reply to this post addressing him (and you can find part 1 which initiated the conversation here): An excellent response! Much more in-depth than my teasing comment probably warranted. Sorry, but my response is a bit rambling. That comes with the blog commenting genre, I think. My earlier point wasn’t about intellectual virtues or [Read More...]

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Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellectuals (part 2)

Shane writes in reply to this post, Hi Dan, long time reader first time commenter. Do you have any /empirical/ evidence that religious people are more credulous, more stupid on average than non-religious people of comparable education and similar sociology? If you do, I’d love to see it. But if you don’t have such empirical [Read More...]

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