- The Pros and Cons of Likemindedness
- What Conspiracy Theories Teach Us About Reason
- What Motivates A Suicide Bomber?
- Passion, Reason & Moral Hypocrisy
- The Psychology of Magic
- Has Pop Culture Stopped? Or Are Pop Culture Writers Getting Too Old?
- Why Everyone (else) is Overconfident
- To Give or To Get: Paradox of Choice and Prosocial Spending
- Friend or Foe in Twenty Seconds: New Research Examines Accuracy of Snap-Judgments
- Stereotype Threat: Overcoming Stereotypes One Neuron at a Time
- Does Raising Awareness About Bullying Cause More Bullying? Misguided Incentives in Schools
- Is Character More Important Than GPA?
- Are There Too Many Beautiful Women and Powerful Men In The World?
- The Psychology of Marriage: Choice or Arranged?
- The Unconscious Influence of Names: What’s Really Going On?
- Political Empathy And Moral Matrices
- Do Babies Know What’s Fair?
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- Morality & The Individual: The Role of the Passions in Moral Dilemmas
- Drawing Out Our Better Angels: The Important Role of Moral Reminders
- Is There Anything Wrong With Incest? Emotion, Reason and Altruism in Moral Psychology
- Religion, Evolution & What The New Atheists Overlook
- The Future of Religion
- Why Atheists Should Be Allowed To Cherry Pick From Religion
- What Made Christopher Hitchens Great
- Can You Trust an Atheist?
- Does Pinker’s “Better Angels” Undermine Religious Morality?
- How Science Can Inform Human Values & Morality
- A Case Against Religious Moderation
- Why People Believe in God: The By-Product Hypothesis
Scientific American Articles:
- The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox Of Popular Psychology
- Jonah Lehrer and the New Science Of Creativity
- The Science Of The New Musician: How NYU Professor Gary Marcus Became A Guitar Hero
- Jonathan Haidt and the Moral Matrix: Breaking Out of Our Righteous Minds
- A Brief Guide to Embodied Cognition: Why You Aren’t Your Brain (The 13th most popular blog post of 2011 on the Sciam Blog Network)
- Cognitive Biases in Sports: The Irrationalities of Coaches, Commentators and Fans
- Why We Care About Chimpanzees: The Origins of Human Morality
- What Makes Us Happy: Alexander Tocqueville vs. Kanye West
- Confirmation Bias and Art
- Why I’m Optimistic About The Future
- The Importance of Forgetting: Why a Bad Memory is a Good Memory
- Novelty in Music and Markets: The Evolutionary Forces Behind our Appreciation of the Unfamiliar
- Considering the Evolutionary Point of View: Why It’s Entirely Rational for Older Men to Date Younger Women
- Why The Future of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless
- Oliver Sacks at the American Museum of Natural History
- The Aha! Moment: How Relaxation Helps the Creative Process
- Rewire Your Brain For Love: Interview With Marsha Lucas
- The Psychology of Pleasure: Interview With Paul Bloom
- The Illusion of Understanding Success
- What the Popular Psychology Books Forget: The Danger of Storytelling
- What Liberals Can Learn From Emile Durkheim
- Psychology and Marketing: How Neuromarketers Abuse Science
- A Brief History of Popular Psychology: An Essay
- The Psychology of Attraction: How To Flirt With Science
- Matt Damon Brings Back Will Hunting
- Explaining Joshua Bell
- Menstruation and Attraction: Why Females Shouldn’t Flirt While Menstruating, and Why Bears Can Smell the Menstruation
Judgment and Decision-Making:
- Getting Mired In Trivial Choices: Why More Options Doesn’t Mean More Important
- The Irrationality Of Irrationality
- Suffering From Decision Fatigue? The Downside of Abundance
- Why Shouldn’t You Shop While Hungry? Ego-Depletion and the Brain as a Muscle
- The Availability Heuristic: Why Your Children Probably Aren’t Going to be Murdered
- The Price of Framing & Anchoring
- Why Being Irrational Is Important
- The Evil of Irrelevant Information: Anchoring & The Conjunction Fallacy
- Psychology’s Treacherous Trio: Confirmation Bias, Cognitive Dissonance, and Motivated Reasoning
- Is it Possible to Not Judge A Book by Its Cover?
- Loss Aversion: The Psychology of Gaining and Losing an Aisle
- Does Studying Behavioral Economics Improve Your Financial Decisions?
- Conflicts in Popular Psychology: Go With Your Guy? Or Think It Through?
- How to Explain the Disaster at Tenerife
- Don’t Blink! What Are Behavioral Studies Really Saying?
- My $10,000 Blog
- Priming Revisited
- Fooled By Randomness
- The Myth of the SI Jinx
- The Politics of Happiness (Guest Post at Sheril Kirshenbaum’s Blog Culture of Science)
- Happiness Around the World: Ensuring Well-Being by Remembering That Which Makes Life Worthwhile
- How Misguided Incentives Affect Our Productivity and Well-Being
- The Power and Perils of Adaptation: What You Can and Can’t Do About Your Happiness
- The Psychology of Purpose
- Positive Psychology: Prescriptive or Descriptive?
- The Embodiment of Height: Why You Give More To Charity When You Are Elevated
- The Embodiment of Time, Tenderness, and Weight
- The Evolution of Water
- “Who’s There?” Is The Self A Convenient Fiction?
- What Philosophers Got Right
- What is Reason Good For? The Rationality-Intuition Debate
- Our Modular Selves: Science and the Philosophy of Self
- Is It Possible To Predict Black Swans?
- Happiness, Loneliness & Friendship: Why Sartre Got It Wrong
- Ideas: What They Are & Where They Come From
- Past & Future: Where Are Our Brains Supposed to Exist?
- Exercising our Words: Stop Thinking Like Plato!
- Rethinking the Scientific Method
- Why We Reason
- Produce First, Sharpen Second
- Jonah Lehrer And The New Science of Creativity
- Childhood & Creativity
- To Speed Up The Creative Process, Slow Down
- Why Intellectual Diversity Is Important
- How To Generate A Good Idea
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True spiritualism or religion does not make people hate or intolerant. Human nature is complicated. Your background, how you were raised, brain washed or taught compassion from young age, your own habits or nature, your surrounding and what you are exposed to ,
determines what kind of person you are. You wrote that one person teaches, peace, other violence, it is not this simple. Here it is not just the religion or what it teaches. It is your own personality, you offer your other cheek or you become revengfull. It all depends on your nature, not spiritualism .
but your nature is formed by a combination of your genetic make-up and the effect of environment
if at just the “right” (wrong) time you are taught to hate – you will be hard-wired to hate
if at just the right time you are taught to try and see things in perspective – you will do so for all your life
yet even then, when you are formed by gene and upbringing to be as liberal as might be – still you are subject to the whim of your animal nature and can turn from being “good” to “evil” in a flash
this is the curse we bear
but that curse is also sometimes a blessing – because it is the nature of us to survive across boundless eons – and survival across time often depends on the best in us and sometimes the worst