Is college too liberal?

A recent article in Boston Magazine argues that colleges are too liberal. This is true, and it’s a problem – even though it’s not professors’ fault. Read more

Trump shows why Rationalia would fail

Some think we should live in Rationalia. But Donald Trump shows us what a world with no unquestionable or sacred values would look like. Read more

Social media is toxic. Religious studies tells us why.

Why does social media bring out the worst in us? Religious studies tells us that ritual helps stabilizes society – and there’s no ritual on the internet. Read more

Overworked? Try a little ritual

Human ritual is an evolutionary product of the behavioral instinct for play. Without that instinct, we might work ourselves to the bone. Read more

Why Donald Trump happened

Connor Wood On Election Tuesday last week, I flew from Boston to Norfolk, Virginia, for a work conference. The day was beautiful and sunny, and people were friendly. My colleagues and I got an incredible view of Manhattan taking off from our layover in LaGuardia, its numberless spires catching the light like crystals. I was optimistic about the future and hopeful for the election. That evening, as the world realized that Donald Trump would win, that hopeful optimism was replaced… Read more

White American ethno-nationalism is on the rise. Why?

According to historian Peter Turchin, the white American ethnicity arose out of protracted military struggles against native Americans. But could there be a way to create social unity and cohesion without fighting against an outgroup? Read more

Religion builds self-control and excludes outsiders – simultaneously

A new model suggests that religion may benefit mental health by building adherents’ self-control. The catch? The rituals that build self-control are what discriminate insiders from outsiders. Read more

The Brexit, the farmer, and the forager

Psychologists say authoritarianism is to blame for the Brexit and Donald Trump. But there’s another way to see things: cosmopolitans think like hunter-gatherers, while populists think like farmers. Read more

Science explains why America is going off the rails

Any country’s success depends on its social capital, or “asabiya.” The United States is losing its social capital, and the consequences could be tremendous. Read more

In which I am interviewed for a Vlog

Two gripping video interviews by the Religion for Breakfast vlog about computer simulation and religion. Also Mormons. Read more

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