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It’s A Wonderful Life!

George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life has never felt that his altruistic, group-oriented behavior is really part of “him” (he’s the one who feels trapped and wants the bigger life); and the revelation that he has been existing in this other spiritual, old-mind realm all along is a wondrous surprise to him—so much so that he now doesn’t care whether he goes to jail or not!

December 15th, 2015 2 Comments Evolutionary psychology, Monogamy, Two Mind Hypothesis

What’s Missing in Matt Ridley’s “The Evolution of Everything?”

You can quibble around the edges about his analysis (and painfully trite take on religion), but I think he is generally right just as I have been claiming in this blog: over the long haul, human history has been in the direction of greater justice accompanied by prosperity—resulting from the progressive coordination of our increasingly divided labor.

December 8th, 2015 2 Comments Dominance and Submission, Enlightenment Narrative, Evolutionary psychology, Group Selection, History, Mental illness

Trump and Carson: Archetypes in Human Evolution

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.

November 19th, 2015 15 Comments Belief, Evolution of Emotion, Evolutionary psychology, God, Sexual Selection

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