As people unmoored from vertically transmitted traditions cast desperately around for something to believe in, things are going to get weird. No, scratch that. Weirder.
People need tribes and culture – things that liberalism tends to dissolve.
Who benefits from the policies white progressives are advocating? Are we fighting for racial justice, or for someone else’s justice? Or for no one’s? Until I know, I will be slow to speak and quick to question orthodoxies.
There is a unique danger of data wonkishness: putting so much stock in scientific abstractions that reality itself becomes invisible.
One unique danger globalization poses is hypercoherence, or maladaptive syncing between independent parts of a complex system. With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus around the world we’re seeing firsthand some of hypercoherence’s dangers.
Prayer is not a substitute for action. Rather, it is a preparation for it and often a summons to it.
When we look up at the vastness of the universe, does that make us feel very small, or does it make us feel connected to something so much larger?
What happens in our bodies and in our brains when we join together in a communal liturgy, where people sing or dance or celebrate together?
How does play help us understand the rules of the game for both science and religion? How can they help us better understand and create more joy in the work that we do?
Morality-as-cooperation is pushing researchers in moral psychology to think more rigorously about the evolutionary background and specific processes that might give rise to moral sentiments.