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Religious terror, child molesting and the psychology of religion

August 25, 2009


I was about to go to sleep last night when I had a sudden realisation. I sat up in bed and, to check whether my impression was correct, grabbed the book of abstracts for the ICPR. After flipping through the pages and checking the title of every talk, I saw that my initial idea was […]

Off to St. Andrews, with some trepidation

April 2, 2009


This Sunday I’m off to the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Conference in St. Andrews. It’ll be the first time that I go to a conference on human behaviour and I am sure that I will have a lot to learn. In true science conference fashion, I will not be giving a talk but putting […]

More beliefs than reason

March 19, 2009


1st day Thus far, the conference has been every bit as exciting as I expected it to be. It is a real pleasure to finally find myself talking to a group of people who are actually thinking about many of the same issues as I am. The group is primarily a mix of psychologists and […]

Horizon’s homeopathy documentary

December 20, 2008


I’ve just watched the BBC Horizon programme on homeopathy, in which they run a test of homeopathic ‘medicine’ to check if it is at all effective. The programme does the somewhat annoying thing of making it sound like there’s a real question here – a necessary mechanism to make the situation at all dramatic to […]

Wilson article in the next Skeptic

November 29, 2008


I have been in touch with Michael Shermer and, apparently, my article on David Sloan Wilson is to appear in The Skeptic Vol. 14 Nr. 4. Had a read through the version he sent me and it seems that they have not edited the text anywhere near as ‘energetically’ as the Skeptical Inquirer people did. […]

Does religion make us smart?

November 2, 2008


Christophe Heintz, a friend of mine from the KLI, has an interesting post concerning institutions that make us smart on the cognition and culture blog: Evolutionary psychologists are mainly attacked for underestimating or ignoring the plasticity of the mind: they seem to underplay the role and extent of learning. To my knowledge, they are much […]

Talk at the Polish Philosophical Congress

September 19, 2008


All this week the VIIIth Polish Philosophical Congress has been taking place here in Warsaw. These Congresses are meant to be the absolute pinnacle of Polish Philosophy. Thus far, they have tended to occur much less often than the Olympic Games, as can be realised when I add that the first Congress took place in […]