Human beings have long wondered about the extent to which we truly have free will, or whether the path we travel is pre-ordained.
Is there some unique essence that separates natural-born humans from creations that seem to reproduce the same electro-chemical workings as the human brain (“a soul”)?
If you see someone wearing a cross, or a hijab, or a kipah, don’t assume they are anti-science. And if you hear someone works in a lab, or does experiments, or simply loves science, don’t assume they are anti-religious.
The Modeling Religion Project at the Center for Mind and Culture in Boston uses computer simulations to refine and compare theories of religion, cognition, and culture.
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.