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

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

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

Cultural liberalism is valuable. More than that: it’s something to feel patriotic towards. I’m lucky to live in a society that lets me criticize any aspect of tradition I want – even as I also value the conservatism that makes tradition possible. Read more

Believing in gods that care about human morality may encourage people to treat each other more impartially – thereby stabilizing social institutions that depend on anonymous cooperation. Read more

Scientists rudely keep uncovering more and more reasons for mysterious phenomena. That’s why the god of the gaps isn’t a good bet. Read more

You want lots of collective investment in the tribe? Then you need a tight and cohesive tribe. You want a tight and cohesive tribe? You need serious, committed investment in the tribe’s symbols. Read more

If we want a future with less Islamist terrorism, we want the opposite of a Muslim reform movement. After all, ritualistic religions rarely produce terrorists. Read more

Connor Wood A couple months ago, I wrote a post here arguing that pure rational thinking, freed from all tradition-bound constraints, is not going to save the world – or the climate. Specifically, I claimed that Reason™ – the rah-rah, yay-for-Science!, jingoistic rallying cry of the atheism-industrial complex – shouldn’t be the torch-bearer for our hopes about the future of humanity and the planet. I stand by everything I said in that post, but I got a lot of pushback… Read more

Journal editors at Religion, Brain & Behavior are calling for experts and researchers across religious studies and the cognitive, behavioral, and evolutionary sciences to offer their suggestions for what ought to be considered the biggest, baddest, most pressing empirical questions in the study of religion. Read more

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