On June 22, 2014 In Atheism, consciousness, Creationism, Evolution, Featured, Nonfiction Reviews, Personal Identity, Primates, Secular Humanism, Self-Awareness, Theology
In "The Bonobo and the Atheist," Frans de Waal challenges religion's top-down morality and explores the similarities of humans, chimps, and bonobos.
On June 19, 2014 In 3 for Thursday, Atheism, Bias, Catholics, Evangelicalism, Featured, Personal Identity, Racism, Religion Surveys, Secular Humanism
New studies say something about religious identity and their perils in family, job prospects in the American South, and in defining a country.
In the "The Cave and the Light: Plato Versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization," Arthur Herman (author of How the Scots Invented the Modern World) introduces the hell out of Plato and Aristotle.
"It appears to me that those who rely simply on the weight of authority to prove an assertion, without searching out arguments to support it, act absurdly." ~ Galileo
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." ~ Maya Angelou
There was a day when people thought with their hearts. Well, maybe they did not actually think with their literal hearts, but they thought the heart is where the mind could be found...anyway, you get the picture. If neuroscience has demonstrated anything, it is that the brain is where the mind is at today.
The narrator of E. L. Doctorow’s new novel is Andrew. Or, more accurately, Andrew’s brain. Or, perhaps most accurately, some consciousness that refers to itself as Andrew. It’s hard to get your bearings in this novel of neuroscience, because Andrew is the ultimate unreliable narrator: he knows that “there is nothing you can think
In this week's 3 for Thursday, V.S. Ramachandran gives us three clues for understanding the brain. He also demonstrates that we all have Synesthesia.