Is reason overrated?

That we are primarily driven by emotions seems obvious to most of us. But even before Plato some have believed that with a little effort we can – and should – make reason primary. Is that even possible? Seneca, writing On Anger, says anger is temporary insanity because it shuts off rational deliberation. Emotions easilyContinue reading “Is reason overrated?”

We are a tribal species. But it doesn’t have to be our downfall.

Us vs. them is human nature. Human rights, equality & democracy are the answers. – Us versus them is one of the most common themes in politics, history, sports, business, music – in human nature in general. But people also can be amazingly generous, compassionate, and cooperative. In the 1970s E.O. Wilson proposed sociobiology to explain this contradiction.Continue reading “We are a tribal species. But it doesn’t have to be our downfall.”

Anger’s Antidote: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Jerk

A recent discussion about Donald Trump’s hair (which fascinates me because it seems to defy the laws of physics and fashion) led to something more serious: there’s a lot of anger out there, which is maybe why Trump’s popularity increases when he says bigoted things about Mexicans, women, and others. Anger is nothing new. But certainContinue reading “Anger’s Antidote: Getting In Touch With Your Inner Jerk”

Why Religion Evolved

Everybody’s looking for something.  I think the Eurhythmics sang that.  People look for the love of their lives, devote themselves to religion, become activists for a political ideology, and are spiritual seekers because they’re looking for something. But what is this something?  No one can quite put their finger on it. Some people even thinkContinue reading “Why Religion Evolved”