Love Thy Neighbor : The Evolution of In-Group Morality

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.– Blaise Pascal, Pensees, 1670 Abstract The world’s major religions espouse a moral code that includes injunctions against murder, theft, ...

A Eugenic Effect of Medical Care

Abstract When sophisticated medical attention substantially increases the life expectancy of individuals with a severe homozygous condition without significantly raising their reproductive success, an increase in parental investment should render a concomitant decrease in parental ...

Passover: Read Thoughtfully

Long before The Holocaust, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) urged readers to consider the Passover story’s backstory – the enslavement of Egyptians that preceded the enslavement of Jews. He used the word ‘corner’ in the ...

Chastity, Fidelity and Conquest: Biblical Rules for Women and War

Original In: Shackelford, T., Weekes-Shackelford, V. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Violence, Homicide, and War (pp. 77-90). Oxford University Press, 2012. For Abeer Qassim al-Janabi because the consequences of a life need ...

Prospects for Morality: God, Women, and Evolution

Presented at The Skeptics Society Annual Conference on Evolutionary Psychology and Human Ethics. Pasadena, CA, 1996, with introduction by Dr. Bernard Leikind

Israel’s Racism: The Nation-State Law

A Music Video on Israel’s Racism : its Nation-State Law. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s George Washington, could not have known in 1948 that in 2018 Benjamin Netanyahu would steer a 180-degree turn away from Ben-Gurion’s promise ...

Thou Shalt Not Kill…Whom?

This video addresses the apparent contradiction between commandments to love our neighbors and commandments to kill our neighbors in the Bible. Lead Image Courtesy: The mass grave found at Lützen. NICKLISCH ET AL./PLOS ONE

Prospects For Existence : Morality and Genetic Engineering

“Let us understand, once for all, that the ethical progress of society depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, still less in running away from it, but in combating it.” — Thomas Henry Huxley, Evolution ...

Reading and Doing Medical Research

Twenty-nine years as an editor of a medical journal has given me an insider’s view of how research papers get processed … and its not always a pretty picture. Despite the Peer Review Process – ...

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