Why are humans religious? As an aspiring rabbi, this is a central question of my life.
The United States in the 21st century is becoming more secular, but is this actually causing it to move in a progressive direction as many of us think?
Are we hard-wired to believe in God? This is an area of investigation that has been called by some “neurotheology.”
As we discover more and more about the brain, will neuroscientific “explanations” about moral behavior become “excuses”? How “free” are we, and how would we even know?
Human confidence in what we think we know for certain almost always involves hope in things unseen.
If you’re curious about religion as a human phenomenon, this massive online-only course (MOOC) through the University of British Columbia will be a good opportunity to start learning.
Most Jews are probably more likely to read the New York Times science section or watch “Cosmos” than to engage in Talmud study.
An update on the “marshmallow test” suggests that if we can find small pleasures on the road to long-term happiness, we’ll be more like to stay on the path.
How does empathy differ from compassion? What are the best strategies we should employ to influence one another to be more caring?
What do seeing oneself as a part of nature and seeing oneself as part of a massive demonstration have in common?