Religion Essential Reads

Pope Francis, Conservation Psychology, Science, and Earth

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 13, 2017 in Animal Emotions
The Pope's encyclical letter on care for our common home has many very important ideas that are closely related to conservation psychology, anthrozoology, and the role of science.
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How Am I Doing at Life?

Our culture's gamification of life has led to an epidemic anxiety, ever-buzzing though often just beyond our consciousness.

18 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on May 24, 2017 in Friendship 2.0
The more love, the better. But love can often blind you to differences that need to be worked out before the wedding. Here are some unexpected things to think about.

The Real Truth About Generational Differences

Do generations actually exist? The truth about Millennials.

New Details Revealed About an Important Human Ancestor

Another cave of fossils and a surprising young age sheds dramatic new light on the origins of complex behaviors and humanity itself.

The Science of Religion for Everyone

Why insist that religion is immune from scientific study when cognitive and evolutionary theories have already made great strides in explaining a wide array of religious phenomena?

The New 'Religious Freedom' Is a Boon for Churches

By David Niose on April 19, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
As courts and politicians continuously redefine religious liberty, hang on to your checkbook.

The Psychology Behind London's Terrorist Attacker

A recent study found that much tactical planning goes into lone-actor terrorist events.

Intellectual Humility Augments Nonpartisan Open-Mindedness

Regardless of your party or religious beliefs, new research from Duke shows that intellectual humility may be the key to breaking down barriers that divide us.

Martyrdom: Worst Idea Ever

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Boundless
Martyrdom as an idea causes massive problems, on both the interpersonal and geopolitical levels.

Why Progressive Humanist Values Will Ultimately Prevail

Increasing geopolitical instability may threaten progressive, Humanist values in the short-term. But here's why I'm optimistic that these values will ultimately prevail.

Seeing Is Believing: Religion, Madness, and Mechanism

Mentalism conflicts with mechanism in both religion and art.

When There is Nothing to Say

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Witnessing the transition from a place in time to a place in eternity.

Freedom of Dissociation

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 20, 2016 in Ambigamy
The freedom that many of us crave is the freedom from having to learn from our mistakes, indeed from facing inconvenient truths at all.

"I'm Right and You're Wrong About Everything"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on December 15, 2016 in Ambigamy
Infallibility battles: The absurd battles that can make any of us act like know-it-alls, right about everything having proven our opponent wrong about everything.

Is Radical Individualism Destroying Our Moral Compass?

By Michael Mascolo Ph.D. on December 11, 2016 in Values Matter
Has "the right to choose freely" become "if it's freely chosen, it's all right"?

Does Trump’s Election Disprove the Existence of God?

Trump's handy win among Christians, who value traits such as kindness, humility, and non-violence, raises interesting questions about the psychological functions of religion.

Ho! Ho! Who? How Kids Understand Live Santa Clauses

By Thalia R. Goldstein Ph.D. on December 06, 2016 in The Mind On Stage
In December, Santa is everywhere—malls, parades, and parties. But how do kids understand this live magical man? Experiences, more than age, seem to matter for understanding.

Anger, the Convenient Emotion

Anger is the emotional refuge of those who have seen their positions in the world decline and who have lost faith in society’s ability to respond to those concerns.

Darwin’s Parenting Tips

For many of us, parenting is our #1 priority and challenge. Here is some guidance on the process brought to you by good old evolutionary psychology.

Don't Fall for Political Propaganda

Don't allow our elected officials and their appointees make a mockery of our Constitution as a result of their personal biases.

Are White Men Really the Problem?

By David Niose on November 06, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Cultural resistance to gender equality comes from more than just men.

Are Female Misogynists on the Rise?

By Jen Kim on October 25, 2016 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Has the Trump campaign made women turn on each other?

The Dark Side of Oxytocin

Normally thought of as purely positive in its effects, oxytocin is also implicated in religion, nationalism, and xenophobia.
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Open or Closed Sexual Relationships?

What do we know about consensual non-monogamous relationships? This study is a first step.

Are Americans Really Becoming Less Religious?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on October 23, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Are Americans becoming more secular or just finding new ways to explore spiritual questions and beliefs?

Can Putting a Price on a Kidney Save Lives?

The idea of putting a value on a human organ seems bizarre—and even unconscionable. But I suggest those intuitions do us more harm than good.

Why Are Scientists So Close-Minded?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Talking Apes
The more you learn about the brain, the more you question the religious teachings of your childhood.

God Is Watching You

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Is God our Big Brother who watches over us to make sure we do not do anything bad or foolish?

Did Religion Evolve to Benefit the Weak or the Powerful?

Who benefits most from religion? You may think you know, but these three observations will make you reconsider.