Secular religious studies could add vibrant insight to a dialogue whose main purpose is to achieve rapprochement between religion and science. Read more

Skeptic thinker Michael Shermer believes that Western society is becoming more moral because we’re very abstract thinkers. Concrete thinking leads to tribalism and prejudice. But doesn’t Shermer realize that somebody needs to attend to “concrete reality?” Otherwise, who’s growing the food or fixing cars? Read more

Publication bias is rampant in psychology. Has it led us astray with one of the most important psychological theories of all time? Read more

Sports exemplify the central role of play in human culture, the crucial importance of arbitrary rules and ritual. But the hyper-commercialized ritual of the Super Bowl is becoming increasingly disturbing. Read more

Instead of going back and forth between true believers in NDEs and skeptics, let’s take NDEs seriously as human phenomena. This can help us understand why stories like Eben Alexander’s grip us so profoundly. Read more

Eric Metaxas’s “scientific” argument for God makes religion too literal, placing it squarely in science’s crosshairs. But let’s not make the opposite mistake: protecting religion from the objective facts won’t keep it vital. Read more

Agreeable, conscientious people are more likely to obey orders to harm other people. What does this mean for religion and tradition? Read more

Activism and tradition need each other. Lacking any prophets, the comfortable establishment just sinks deeper into self-satisfaction. Lacking any tradition or deep commitments to history, revolutionaries become caught in rabid individualism and toxic addiction to the present. Read more

Our brains build up stable patterns of activity over time, and these patterns may inhibit dopamine release – leading to depression and melancholy. Can samatha Buddhist meditation free us from our engrained mental habits? Read more

Religious experience is something that comes from what bodies do. What goes on in our muscles, our guts, and on the surface of our skin actually matters. If you want to understand religion, or culture, or London, you need to understand humans — and if you want to understand humans, you need to understand bodies. Read more

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