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Posted inPolitics, Psychology

How Fear Affects Politics

Reading Time: < 1 minute I have two videos to show you that should express the connection between physiology and political ideology: and the superb TED talk by David Pizzaro: Let me know what you think (I use the second video in my free will talk). Stay in touch! Like A Tippling Philosopher on Facebook: A Tippling Philosopher

Posted inEthics, Philosophy, Politics, The Secular

On Toleration

Reading Time: 6 minutes We recently resurrected the Tippling Philosophers, our friendly group of thinkers who meet up at the pub to discuss philosophy and, well, everything. This was the subject of our newly reincarnated group and the discussion was good. Toleration is also something that came out recently during the issues that took place in Charlottesville (which is […]

Posted inPolitics

Quote of the Day: DennisLurvey on the Non-Nones

Reading Time: 2 minutes On a thread on the post on the growing nones in the UK, DEnnisLurvey stated this: the religious say the nones are just lost and will come back to the pews, polling companies say they are people who don’t believe their religions stories any longer and won’t be coming back, more recently they say biblical […]

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, 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, 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 […]

Posted inPolitics, Psychology

Interview with Progressive Christian, Brian McLaren, Part 2

Reading Time: 7 minutes I (Alan Duval) have interviewed progressive Christian, former Evangelical pastor, and vocal part of the emerging church movement, Brian McLaren. McLaren is an interesting figure in progressive Christianity, not least because one seldom hears the words “progressive” and “evangelical” in the same sentence, and when you do, one is seldom in reference to the other. […]

Posted inPolitics, Psychology

Interview with Progressive Christian, Brian McLaren

Reading Time: 11 minutes I (Alan Duval) have interviewed progressive Christian, former Evangelical pastor, and vocal part of the emerging church movement, Brian McLaren. McLaren is an interesting figure in progressive Christianity, not least because one seldom hears the words “progressive” and “evangelical” in the same sentence, and when you do, one is seldom in reference to the other. […]

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