Anthropologist Benjamin Grant Purzycki seems to search for a universal direct experience of God. And he's got part of the phenomenon right. That is, the God phenomenon connects to what we do, not what we say or how we personify: excerpt: "...not all gods care that you believe in them, and not all gods are thought of as human-like..." ++++ But he's thinking too small when he suggests that any one individual or group controls its God experience. And he hints at but stops short of explicitly stating the negatives of "the flight of the Gods" in our modern culture. He could take a lesson from Homer.
excerpt: The gods appear to be the workings of an organism trying to influence other people also negotiating the costs and benefits of being alive at a specific place and time. They are important forces in human mobilisation and organisation.
A battle is being waged over kin and kind: Did cooperation evolve in humans and other animals because it helped relatives? Or because it promoted group living? A school of thought known as inclusive fitness theory—or kin selection—sits at the center of the conflict. Most biologists consider it to...
Robert Axelrod was awarded the 2014 National Medal of Science today. I interviewed him about the evolution of cooperation, his memories of biologist W.D. Hamilton, and how we can promote cooperation in world affairs.
Why do we choose to cooperate and how can we promote greater cooperation in world affairs? These are the questions that Robert Axelrod has pursued for more than 40 years. His career has been an interdisciplinary exploration that has encompassed mathematics, political science, and evolutionary ...
Light from the monitors cast lurid shadows upon their pallid, staring faces as their right hands pumped rhythmically up and down over the F5 key to reload their screens. “I can’t refresh fast enough,” one commenter typed ecstatically, while another announced, “This is the best night of my life!” Many...
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