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Atheism as the out-group

September 3, 2009


On the Epiphenom blog, Tom Rees has an interesting discussion of a study concerning the way atheists are distrusted in the US. He ties it to a claim I made a little while ago about religion being used as a marker of the in-group/out-group distinction. He thinks the evidence in the study points against it […]

Fixation in Teorema

June 12, 2009


The long version of “Fixation of superstitious beliefs” should be coming out in Teorema relatively soon. It develops the ideas contained in the short version that I put on this blog a while ago. I’m linking to a draft version of the long article in pdf format: My aim in this paper is to sketch […]

Pigliucci on Haidt

September 15, 2008


In my last post, written a few days ago, I mentioned an interesting article on the reasons why people vote Republican – something that certainly astounds me despite my knowledge of the psychological research on human irrationality. In the meanwhile, Massimo Pigliucci has written at length on this article, arguing that the author fails to […]

Why do people vote Republican?

September 11, 2008


An interesting article on about the psychology of voting behaviour. The take is quite similar to David Sloan Wilson’s (due to the shared influence of Durkheim) even if it does not talk about group selection: A Durkheimian ethos can’t be supported by the two moral foundations that hold up a Millian society (harm/care and […]

Fact, fable, and Stark

July 18, 2008


One of the things David Sloan Wilson suggested that I should look at is Rodney Stark’s work on religion. Wilson, in his own work, makes quite a bit of use of Stark’s explanation of religious practices in terms of transactions for scarce or unavailable goods such as eternal life. Looking through the Internet I did […]

Article for The Skeptic

July 14, 2008


A few months ago I mentioned an article on David Sloan Wilson I had written for The Skeptic. When I got into the office today an e-mail from Michael Shermer was waiting for me, saying that he was going to publish the article in the next available issue. As it happens, David Sloan Wilson had […]

Outline of In a Mirror, Darkly: How Superstitions Reflect Rationality

March 14, 2008


As part of my report on what I have done at the KLI over the last few months I had to write an outline of the book I’m working on. This helped me to clarify some of my ideas while making it obvious to me what other things I still need to think a bit […]


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