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On how to be completely wrong about radicalisation: the curious case of Jerry Coyne

On his popular blog Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne – eminent evolutionary biologist, outspoken atheist, and unrelenting critic of Islam – recently found time between posting pictures of his new boots and the food he’s been eating to wade … Continue reading

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Explaining violent extremism

Thirteen years into the ‘War on Terror’, and confusion still reigns about the roots of radicalisation. The horrors visited on the streets on Paris on January 7 are the latest entry in the tragic catalogue of violence committed by Islamist … Continue reading

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This Is How We Do It: Exploring the Psychology of Culture

Social life is powerfully shaped by rules of culture. But how do we acquire these rules, and why are we so prone to do so? Recent research is shedding light on these questions, and showing how we use culture to … Continue reading

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Why Sam Harris is confused about free will

Sam Harris has been lured into talking about free will again. He says he has resisted writing about this topic since publishing The Moral Landscape and the short book Free Will because he felt he had said all there was … Continue reading

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