Groupthink Archive

Why Religion Eventually Leads to Secularity: A Review of Big Gods

"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."

Book Review: This Explains Everything

This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works John Brockman (Editor) Harper Perennial, 2013 432 pages (Kindle edition) Available Amazon Powell’s I love discovering powerful theories that explode my perception of the world, and if you’re like me, This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the

A Priest, A Rabbi, And An Atheist Walk into A Conference

My newest article, “A priest, a rabbi, and an atheist walk into a conference,” for (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

Why The World Could Use A Few Brave Outcasts

My newest article (“Why the world could use a few brave outcasts“) is up at, 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
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