A discussion between Dr. Steven Pinker and Rabbi Geoff Mitelman on Dr. Pinker’s new book, “Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters.”
We do understand that saying words doesn’t automatically make them true. But we also understand that at certain times — such as at inaugurations — words do have power.
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.
From COVID-19 to racial justice, Professors Brian Nosek and Cailin O’Connor offer insight into the social and sometimes distorted origins of our beliefs.
Since they have diametrically opposed impacts on society, it is virtually unintelligible to link religion and race. However much this may be so, it would be ill advised to consider them radically disconnected or as always operating as opposing forces.
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.
How do we build more a just and compassionate world during the COVID-19 crisis?
To lessen gun deaths, we need to truly feel our fear and anger. And then we need to be able to do research on potential effective ways to do so, even in our current political climate.
The policy action response—vis-à-vis that of “thoughts and prayers”—suggests a rejection of religion for solving the gun violence epidemic in the U.S. But it’s a bit more complicated and more faith-full than it appears upon first glance.