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The Varieties of Transcendent Experience: A Conversation With David B. Yaden, PhD
David B. Yaden, PhD researches two topics in psychology that may be more (or less?) religious than they seem: professional callings and transcendent experiences.
The Symbolism of Old Gods and the U.S. Capitol Assault
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.
COVID-19 and Our Future: A Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Christakis
A conversation with Dr. Nicholas A. Christakis – sociologist, physician, and author of “Apollo’s Arrow: The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live.”
The Human Need for Culture
People need tribes and culture – things that liberalism tends to dissolve.
Moral Proximity in a Time of Social Distance
The difficulty of judging our need for physical distance can turn into something much worse: moral distance.
The Reality of the Coronavirus is Changing Our Social Reality, Too
Rituals transform social facts into physical realities, and so the coronavirus is forcing us to change, adapt, or maybe even lose some of those concrete and physical connections.
Can Liturgy Be Empirically Tested?
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?
The Case for a Tech Shabbat
How can a “Technology Shabbat” – a day away from screens – be informed by Judaism?
Striving for Teshuvah Together
We may associate the Jewish New Year with inward reflection, but the Mishnah and the commentaries are clear that Judaism treats teshuvah as a fundamentally social process.
Is Morality About Cooperation?
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.
Human Morality: Features and Bugs
Our social emotions, like anger, compassion, guilt and gratitude, are really designed to help us solve the Tragedy of the Commons.
One Habit Leads To Another
Sources as ancient as the Talmud say that even if we know intellectually that a habit is wrong, we’ll often keep doing it. Why?