Therapy for Liberals

Therapy for Liberal Elites: Radical Progressivism

Filed under: Belief, Human Nature, Justice, Language, Mental illness

Look at the back of a one-dollar bill. On the left, you will see a pyramid with the “eye of providence” at the apex. Above this image are the two words Annuit Coeptis, meaning “He approves [or has approved] [our] undertaking,” and below it are three more words, Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning “New Order of …

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Conservatives and Darwin

Conservatives & Darwin

Filed under: Belief, Human Nature, Justice | 1 Comment

If you are a progressive, perhaps you identify yourself as a Darwinist in relation to the religious right who deny evolution, but you are probably unaware that you are embracing a dark view of human nature—and one that is at the foundation of modern conservatism. In Darwin’s Autobiography (1887), he reports, In October 1838, that …

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Human motivations

Schizophrenia and the Meaning of . . . .

Filed under: Belief, Evolution of Emotion, Mental illness | 2 Comments

In Old Mind, New Mind I chronicle how in my study of clinical depression I gradually came to the conclusion that the basic mechanism of all major mental illnesses is similar to cancer in that it represents the escape from regulation into unrestrained pathological hyperactivity. In cancer, the hyperactivity is the growth of cancer cells; …

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The Evolutionary Biology of Left and Right

YOUR VIEW OF HUMAN NATURE DETERMINES YOUR POLITICS

Filed under: Belief, Human Nature, Monogamy | 1 Comment

In 2005, Newt Gingrich gave a several minute summary on the NPR series, “This I believe.” He started out by saying, “I believe that the world is inherently a very dangerous place, and that things that are now very good can go bad very quickly.” In the following talk, he gave many examples from all …

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Sexual selection

Trump and Carson: Archetypes in Human Evolution

Filed under: Belief, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Popular, Sexual Selection | 15 Comments

Ben Carson can be understood as an archetype of our “old-mind” in which dominance and submission in apes evolved into obedience to the sacred authority of justice that has sustained our bounty and fertility. When our own species arose 200,000 years ago, superimposed upon our six million year evolution since apes, we evolved the passionate desire to attain social admiration, traditionally known as vanity. No one—no one—is going to make the claim that Trump is not vain.

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Tiptoeing Through the Politics of Evolution and Religion

Filed under: Belief, Evolutionary psychology, Faith, God, Group Selection

Note the blog’s new logo:  This blog is a response to this quotation: For centuries the writ of empiricism [science] has been spreading into the ancient domain of transcendentalist belief, slowly at the start but quickening in the scientific age. The spirits our ancestors knew intimately fled first the rocks and trees and then the …

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Philosophical Journey – Discovering the Mystery of Creation in the Mind – a memoir; #6: Schizophrenia, Group Beliefs, and the Chasm of Politics

Filed under: Belief, Group Selection, Summary of Philosophy

Schizophrenia is the most mysterious major illness in all of medicine, made all the more fascinating to me because my own family’s secret was an afflicted aunt who had been banished to a sanatorium for her entire life. In a small room in the mortuary, I spend a half hour with her corpse meditating upon …

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Briefly noted—Book Review of “Neuromania: On the Limits of Brain Science” by Paolo Legrenzi and Carlo Umiltà

Filed under: Belief, Myth

“They provide an insightful and comprehensive overview of methods and techniques from the origins of brain science to today’s MRI scanners. However, rather than emphasizing state-of-the-art procedures and technologies, they focus on the limitations of the field… …Because the question “what happens in the brain when…?” fits practically any aspect of human activity, fMRI has …

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Briefly noted: “The Righteous Mind” (2012): ARE REPUBLICANS MORE MORAL THAN DEMOCRATS?

Filed under: Belief, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection

Anyone who has been aware of the extraordinary media blitz by Jonathan Haidt about this book should read John T. Jost’s review in the Aug 3rd Science. Briefly stated, Haidt claims that all our moral views are rationalizations of emotional responses to six innate moral issues that he compares to tastes: care/harm, liberty/oppression, and fairness/cheating …

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God FAQ’s – How God Created Man: #1 Myth vs. Belief & Setting Scene

Filed under: Belief, FAQ's about God, God, Myth | 2 Comments

Before proceeding on the FAQ series, we need to establish some definitions.  The word, “belief” has been hijacked by science to refer to theories that have been tested sufficiently to accept them temporarily until the next theory comes along.  Before serious science arrived in the 17th century, belief used to mean loyalty, like to a …

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Emotional Fossils – V – Summing It Up and Questions Raised

Filed under: Belief, Emotional Fossils, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, Self domestication | 3 Comments

  Mental illnesses lift out into bas-relief segments of our normal emotional function that have been evolved in the successive eras of our six million year hominid legacy, as if placing them under a microscope and magnifying their fundamental elements.  The anxiety disorders reveal that the source of their emanation is our social ecology.  Separation …

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