challenging religious privilege in public life

The Lucifer Principle


The Importance of Hugging

The societies that hugged their kids were relatively peaceful. The cultures that treated their children coldly produced brutal adults.

The Perceptual Trick That Manufactures Devils

The Christian right have made full use of the psychological ploy with which we project our own worst tendencies onto some distant figure.

Women – Not the Peaceful Creatures You Think

Evidence from the world of our closest relatives in the primate family indicates that the cheerfully idealistic picture of women is a self-delusion.

The Greed of Genes

Despite the opinions of Montaigne, Rousseau, and their contemporary followers, modern civilization is not the generator of violence.

Mother Nature, the Bloody Bitch

Culture alone is not responsible for violence. Our biological legacy weaves evil into the substrate of even the most "unspoiled" society.

Control and the Urge to Pray

The memes of magic, medieval Christianity, and modern fundamentalism, hold out the illusion of power over the shocks and pains of life.

Power and the Invisible World

In America, television evangelists are resurrecting the priestly phenomenon, sucking in the dollars of believers by the sackful.

The Theory of Individual Selection and Its Flaws

Richard Dawkins’s theory is a powerful tool for cracking the mysteries of the cosmos, but it has a limitation. In reality, genes were never loners.