Category: Society & Culture

Global WEIRDing Threatens Cognitive Diversity and Multiculturalism Erraticus Image by Trevor Cole

Global WEIRDing Threatens Cognitive Diversity

Human cognitive diversity joins a number of other forms of diversity that are disappearing. Diversity of mammals and plants, of languages and cuisines. But the loss of cognitive diversity raises issues all its own.

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‘Adversarial’ Humanities Fuel Our Outrage Culture

Literary theorists of the past half-century—who now dominate the humanities—encourage us to assume ill-intentions of one another. This contrasts with the 'empathetic' humanities, which aim for more understanding and less judging in our daily lives.

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Engaging in Civil Arguments Is Effective Against Extremism

Philosophers are exemplars in disagreeing vehemently but civilly with others. Like them, using these 4 principles can help us have arguments that are effective against extremism.

Stereotypes Are Like Sediment Erraticus Image by Michael Prewett

Stereotypes Are Like Sediment

It's said that our actions are based on immediate intuitions, informed by accumulated stereotypes. Are we merely puppets of inherited ideologies?

Ecstatic Experience How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control Erraticus Image by Philippe Siguret

Ecstatic Experience: How the West Can Find Itself by Losing Control

In the West, we resist ecstatic experience, fearful of losing control—this hyper-rationalistic mindset excludes us from crucial paths to insight and connection. But there is a dark side to ecstasy.

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A Tough President and An Unsettled Nation

While the most violent mood in recent history settles over the nation, can we blame it on Donald Trump and his aspirations to be "tough?"

What Is the Sublime Erraticus Image Sea of Ice by Caspar David Friedrich

What is the Sublime? (According to Kant and Schopenhauer)

For Kant and Schopenhauer, scientific understanding deepens our experience with the Sublime, elevating our spiritual strength.

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Jung and Freud Feud: Is it Sex or the Collective Unconscious?

Once resembling the relationship between a devoted father and an admiring son, Freud and Jung split over the question of culture's origins.

Competition is Bad for Families but Good for Societies Erraticus Image by Zeyn Afuang

Competition is Bad for Families but Good for Societies

Local competition—including that among siblings or neighbors—stymies cooperation and social capital, whereas global competition fosters both.

Loss of Indigenous Langues Limits Our Insights from Nature Erraticus Image by Andrew James

Loss of Indigenous Languages Limits Our Insights from Nature

Language loss can be considered as extreme as the extinction of a plant or an animal—regarding indigenous languages in particular.

News fatigued Read Stoic Philosophy and Poetry Instead Erraticus Image by Toa Heftiba

News-fatigued? Read Stoic Philosophy and Poetry Instead

Reading the news feels awful but ignoring it doesn’t feel right either. A stoic mindset shields us from catastrophy—and inspires action.

Saudade Happy Melancholy Nostalgia for What is Absent Erraticus Image by Mauricio Santos

Saudade: Happy Melancholy, Nostalgia for What Is Absent

Portuguese speakers commonly boast that "saudade" is untranslatable. Does that mean certain emotion experiences can be unique to a particular culture?

An Experience is Interesting the World Is Not Erraticus Image by Le Tan

An Experience is ‘Interesting’ But the World is Not

Examining the ways in which we use the word 'interesting' unlocks a key understanding about human existence and how we experience the world.

Religion is About Emotion Regulation and Shared Experience Erraticus Image by Hakan Nural

Religion is About Emotion Regulation and Shared Experience

Religion is a social glue that unifies individuals into cooperative social groups and helps us regulate our emotions—even if it can't explain nature.

Awakening the Soul Challenge to Life in the Post-truth World Erraticus Image by Igor Miske

‘Awakening the Soul’: One Man’s Challenge to the Post-truth World

A new book protests the postmodernist refutations of shared truth and grand narratives—we struggle because we lack story and soul.

Free-range Parenting Has Legal Protection in Utah Many Battles Ahead Erraticus Image Priscilla Du Preez

Free-range Parenting Has Protection in Utah, Many Battles Ahead

Free-range parenting gains momentum in Utah, but families nation-wide still face threats to their autonomy from intrusive governments.

Infantilization of Western Culture Erraticus Image by Jurica Koletic

Infantilization of Western Culture: Adults No Longer Adult

College students aren't the only ones embracing infantilization, but what happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior?

Is Know Thyself the Greatest Delphic Maxim We Know Erraticus Image by Cristina Gottardi

Is ‘Know Thyself’ The Greatest Delphic Maxim We Know?

We're familiar with 'know thyself' as one of the highest commands of philosophy, but we'd be remiss if we ignored the other Delphic maxims.

Shared Reality and Truth Losing Ground to Tribalism Erraticus Image by Heather Mount

Shared Reality and Truth Are Losing Ground to Tribalism

People turn to tribalism for a sense of certainty, as trust in institutions and commitment to truth erode. Instead, we need to restore a shared reality which builds common ground, regardless of identity group.

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion? Erraticus Image by Sarah Noltner

Cult, New Religious Movement, or Minority Religion?

We need to change the language we use when talking about religion, starting with the word "cult."

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Truth Is Not Absolute, But That Which Works

A common view of truth aims for that which corresponds with reality. Left with nothing but our own interpretations of the world, Pragmatists, like William James and Charles Peirce, argue that the best we can do is to hold to that which works.

Meaning of Life No Longer Matters to Philosophers Erraticus Image by Henrik Donnestad

Meaning of Life No Longer Matters to Philosophers

Professional philosophers rarely ask 'What is the meaning of life?' and when they do, they often dismiss it as nonsense.

'History of White People' and Dealing with Race Theorists Erraticus Image by Mwangi Gatheca

‘History of White People’ and Dealing with Race Theorists

Nell Irvin Painter's book identifies some of the roots of the inequality we see today, which are based on the antiquated "science" of race theory. We can use the social construct of race to address social injustices, but what do we do with the mixed legacies of race theorists?

LGBT...Q? Polygamy in the age of Marriage Equality Erraticus Image Source by Matt Popovich

LGBTQ…P? Polygamy in the Era of Marriage Equality

Same-sex marriage was legalized in 2015. Ever-individualized notions of love, sexuality, and gender identity broaden our definition of family—but will we make room for polygamy? Should we?

Agape Restaurants Could Revive Toleration and Multiculturalism—Jeffrey Howard—Image—Kevin Curtis—Erraticus

Agape Restaurants Could Revive Toleration and Multiculturalism

Debates surrounding tribalism and bigotry abound, many focused on biased media or public policy. Agape Restaurants conceptualize food as a cultural force for realizing toleration and nurturing community—all while dining with strangers.

Urban Youth Use Myths and Drums to Become Men - Florian Schneider

Urban Youth Use Myths and Drums to Become Men

Drawing power from mythological stories and self-disclosure, this award-winning mentoring program transforms teens into community leaders.

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Funerals Are Vital Spaces for Emotional Learning

We dishonor a person's memory and do ourselves a disservice when we don't also acknowledge the dead person’s flaws, faults, or missteps—in other words, embrace their whole humanity. Whether we want it or not, funerals are spaces for emotional learning, not just grieving or reinforcing cultural norms.

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery Erraticus Image by Edwin Andrade

As Atheists and Believers, We Need Deeper Reverence for Mystery

Throughout most contemporary discourse about God and practiced religion, God is conceptualized as a literal being, leading believers to harm, vilify, and limit the potential of other people. While atheists ridicule the religious for believing in such a temperamental God, they have also limited their own potentials.

Unconditional Cash Transfers Can Fix Foreign Aid and Promote Freedom

Unconditional Cash Transfers Can Fix Foreign Aid

Foreign aid in the form of conditional cash transfers between governments tends to be abused by corrupt regimes, and rarely makes it into the hands of those in need. UCTs are a way to bypass that, and reinforce personal freedom.