Posted inPsychology, The Secular

What Is God? What Is Religion?

Reading Time: 5 minutes Here is some of the beginning to my chapter in Jonathan MS Pearce’s (ed.) recent anthology of chapters from writers here at Patheos Nonreligious (Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century) [UK here]. My chapter is “Not Seeing God in Religion”. Obviously, we implore you to get the book… What is a god? Broadly speaking, […]

Posted inPhilosophy

IQ: Using Race Divisively

Reading Time: 10 minutes Recently, ATP contributor Alan Duval skillfully debunked some claims concerning race and IQ made here by one of the more controversial commenters. This is why I don’t censor as much as others – it allows for free and open conversation whereby spurious claims are found out, or, indeed, found to be more robust. In the […]

Posted inGeneral, Politics, Psychology

A moral-political discontinuity

Reading Time: 5 minutes This post is the first in what will be another intermittent series, this time looking at politics more specifically, as opposed to, but starting off from, my intermittent series on my model of human values and morality. What beliefs unite Conservatives? I have been accused on a few occasions of not understanding what I oppose […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics, Psychology

Haidt’s Five Flavours as defined by Schwartz Values

Reading Time: 6 minutes In my previous post I suggested that it was Authority, and the exercising of Authority through demanding Obedience, primarily through punitive learning environments, that defined the difference between Libertarians, Liberals, and Conservatives, and particularly between naturally conservative individuals, and people nurtured (actually inculcated) into it. So let’s look at the Schwartz-Duval model with Haidt’s Five […]

Posted inEthics and Morality, Politics, Psychology

The Natural Conservative vs. the Nurtured Conservative

Reading Time: 11 minutes Over the past several posts I have hinted at a very important distinction that must be made: the natural conservative versus the nurtured conservative. The natural conservative being an individual born with traits that see them tend towards Conservatism, the nurtured conservative being an individual raised in a punitive environment with diminished access to diverse […]

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