My newest article, “A priest, a rabbi, and an atheist walk into a conference,” for ToledoFAVS.com (our local hub of the Religion News Service) is up. In this piece I reflect on this year’s annual meetings of The American Academy of Religion and The Society of Biblical Literature through the eyes of two scientific studies on group
Much of what counts for a success in dialogue, whether it is in the family or in diplomatic relations, hinges upon the ability to empathize. One might be able to reach a temporary resolution, but it will be short-lived if those doing the negotiating can’t put themselves in the shoes of others. But what
My newest article (“Why the world could use a few brave outcasts“) is up at ToledoFavs.com, a local hub for the Religion News Service. This new piece is on the perils of “groupthink.” It’s a subject that has been on my mind lately, largely because of incidents like the alleged abuse in the Boy Scouts and
If there ever was a frontier that poses the most questions in science, I imagine the idea of consciousness is one of them. Most books on consciousness are either from a religious perspective of the soul or look at neuroscience, discussing studies and experiments and what they may imply about the brain and perception.
Never underestimate the power of bias. My newest article, “Forgive us our biases, as we forgive,” for Toledo Faith and Values (the local news hub for the Religion News Service) shows just how pervasive bias is in our decision making. In this piece for their culture and science section, I look at three scientific studies on bias
Two miles from my house is a mosque, a beautiful piece of gold and white architecture that stands out boldly among the flat fields of Midwestern farms. For some individuals, I’m certain that this building represents something more nefarious. The atheist may see it as monument to human superstition or the conservative Republican Christian
When it comes to science, most publications are either research-oriented or biographical. But to put the reader in the mind of the scientist as he or she is making the greatest discoveries of history takes a fiction writer. These three re-imaginings of the lives of scientists humanize their subjects outside of and in light
I’ll cut to the chase; if you like the Philosophy Bites podcast, then immediately download its cousin, Bio-Ethics Bites. David Edmonds and Nigel Warburton of Philosophy Bites, in conjunction with the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics funded by The Wellcome Trust have produced the 10-episode series. These great podcasts provide an opportunity to hear interesting