Tag: human_animal

Hey, how many biases do YOU have?

| August 28, 2006 | 9 Replies
Hey, how many biases do YOU have?

If someone asked you how deeply you subscribe to biases- based on race, age, sex, sexual orientation, or religion- what would you say? The more open-minded of us usually try to avoid prejudice at all costs, to the extent that we reject our natural tendency to generalize. But even if we don’t accept it, society […]

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Give us this day our daily endorphins

| June 1, 2006 | 3 Replies
Give us this day our daily endorphins

Why do people engage in religious rituals?  In keeping with suggestion of ethologist Niko Tinbergen, this question is actually four separate “why” questions.  Rather than dealing with the first three Why questions (Phylogeny, Ontogeny or Function), I’d like to consider only the fourth Why, Proximate Cause, with regard to the practice of engaging in religious rituals.  […]

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