The Hard Case Against Perpetual War

Salon’s Glenn Greenwald, an uncompromising, non-partisan champion of civil liberties and opponent of U.S. violations of the Geneva Conventions and the Constitution, sat down with Bill Moyers the end of last month and made a sobering case about the self-perpetuating character of war in America.  I feel very conflicted personally since even though I opposed [Read More...]

What Makes Humans Unique?

This is a fascinating, illuminating, and myth-debunking lecture from neurologist Robert Sapolsky.  He goes through a number of features of our nature, shows how they are shared with other animals and how we take these features to another level.  And in the end it’s paradoxical and inspirational. It’s long but worth the time. Thanks to [Read More...]

Graphs Suggest Secular Countries Less Corrupt, More Peaceful

An interesting graph: Here’s Tom Rees’s interpetation of the data: the graph (as shown on the right) shows a dramatic and strong relationship between religiosity and corruption. This does not mean that religion causes corruption. A more likely explanation is that a common, third factor explains both. And the obvious explanation is wealth. Rich countries [Read More...]


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