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Morality and Religion

So Much For Religious People Being More Righteous

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science

So much for religious people being more righteous than non-believers. Sure-to-be-controversial new research shows that religious and non-religious...

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Religion, Morality And The Financial Industry: An Interview With Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 12.25.2011 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

"We are caught in the perennial tension between the drive to good, and instinct to self-preservation that sees everyone as a means to our ends."

The Spirit Ends When The Brain Dies

Michael Graziano | Posted 12.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There is no part of the brain that, when damaged, takes away the Cartesian soul. Instead damage to different structures takes away different chunks of the mind.

Does The Eternal Soul Exist? Studies Of Brain Damage Suggest No

Michael Graziano | Posted 11.19.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

There really is such a thing as spirit, but it is not as people have imagined it in the past. Spirit is information of a special kind. It is quirky and individual to each of us, and is precious because it is not eternal.

Is Spirituality A Byproduct Of Evolution?

Michael Graziano | Posted 10.05.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

We are beings that do not see the world literally or dispassionately. We see the world filtered through our most developed talent, our social intelligence, and spirituality is a direct consequence.

The Spirit Constructed In The Brain

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.29.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Our brains actively paint consciousness onto ourselves and onto the objects around us -- and the implications for spiritual belief are rather startling.

The Darwinian Evolution of Religion

Michael Graziano | Posted 06.11.2011 | Religion
Michael Graziano

Eradicating religion is not possible. It is a fallacy that ignores the specs of the human machine. We are not rational entities. Religion grows on the social machinery in our brains.

Religion As Morality: Is This The Way Forward In The Science-Religion Debate?

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

One can argue for all of modern science and yet agree that there are certain questions that science leaves unanswered. Although one need not turn to religion, it is legitimate for the believer to offer answers.