A Science-Based Solution to Lies in Politics

Deception proved a very successful strategy for political causes and individual candidates in the UK and US elections in 2016, leading Oxford Dictionary to choose post-truth politics as its 2016 word of the year. At this low point, it might seem ludicrous to many that we can solve the problem of lies in politics. However, [Read More…]

Strategies for Dealing with Slander in the Secular Community

(Methodsshop/flickr) In 2013, the Secular Coalition for America published an Open Letter signed by a host of major leaders of national secular leaders about “improving the tone and substance of online discussions.” The letter read, in part: We refuse to allow the deplorable conduct of a few to debase the reasonable, appropriate, and respectful conduct [Read More…]

Politics and the Neuroscience of Fear

“We are not thinking machines that feel, we are feeling machines that think.” [Read more…]

Why Mainstream Media Need to Be Careful About Criticizing Conservatives

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President.   ________________________________________________________________     Many mainstream media outlets criticized conservatives with a broad brush over the Montana Congressional special election winner Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting a reporter, Ben Jacobs. Yet, according to behavioral science research conducted by myself and others, such criticism may end up [Read More…]

How Can Facts Trump Ideology?

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President.   ________________________________________________________________ Extensive evidence emerged in recent days that Donald Trump pressured and then fired FBI Director James Comey to block the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s administration over possible collusion with Russia. Yet a May 24 poll shows that only 24 percent of Republicans believe [Read More…]

Facebook Banned Another Secular Blogger – Myself!

Caption: Photo of phone with the Facebook login screen and Scrabble words spelling “social media” (Courtesy of Unsplash) ______________________________________   A week ago, on Thursday May 18, I went on Facebook, typed in my password for my personal account, and saw the screen below that told me my account was disabled. Not my official Facebook [Read More…]

Searching for Meaning and Purpose in Life? Religion Not Required!

    Graphics by Cerina Gillilan, used with permission   Imagine the following scenario: you have been raised in a deeply evangelical household. From an early age, your parents taught you to pray daily and told you that the purpose and meaning of life were found in God. Attending Sunday school reinforced this message. So [Read More…]

How Can We Tell Whether Comey’s Firing Was Justified?

We all want our top investigative bodies to be headed by competent officials. We also all want to ensure that these officials can freely investigate other branches of the government – including the presidential administration – without fear of retribution. How can we tell whether Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was meant [Read More…]

What is the Meaning of Life for You?

“What is the meaning of life?” I struggled with this question throughout my teenage years and young adulthood. My parents tried to convey their more religious-themed meaning of life to me when I was a teenager. Yet my contrarian streak prevented me from really listening to them. Instead, I thought and talked about the meaning [Read More…]

Video: Science and Religion on Meaning and Purpose

    This videotaped discussion between a United Methodist Minister, Caleb Pitkin, and myself – a professor and scholar of meaning and purpose – uncovers both differences and some surprising parallels in the approach of religion and science to these eternal issues. According to the mainstream opinion in the United States and many other countries, [Read More…]