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Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.
Morality is not just any old topic in psychology but close to our conception of the meaning of life. Moral goodness is what gives each of us the sense that we are worthy human beings.
Racism, because it favors color over talent, is bad for business.
Photography is a kind of virtual reality, and it helps if you can create the illusion of being in an interesting world.
I would argue that nothing gives life more purpose than the realization that every moment of consciousness is a precious and fragile gift.
Cognitive psychology tells us that the unaided human mind is vulnerable to many fallacies and illusions because of its reliance on its memory for vivid anecdotes rather than systematic statistics.
In any dispute, each side thinks it's in the right and the other side is demons.
I do look for openings where I can overturn popular misconceptions, but unlike Christopher Hitchens, I am neither a contrarian nor a lone heretic. I like to have a significant number of academics watching my back.
There is a correlation between economic inequality and personal violence. The explanation for the correlation isn't completely clear; there are a number of possibilities.
Evolution is an indispensable component of any satisfying explanation of our psychology.
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