The Persistence of Obsolete Beliefs

The ancient Greeks, as usual, had a word for it, ου με πείσεις καν με πείσης — “You are not going to persuade me, even if you give me evidence to persuade me.” Established beliefs bring comfort and a sense of emotional certainty. They persist long after proven false and harmful by new evidence. Here are…

Some Thoughts on Our Death

We erroneously have believed in the past that the knowledge of our inevitable death was an exclusive one for we humans. Now we do know that elephants for sure — and probably other high mammals (especially the great apes) — do know about being alive, have a sense of selfhood, and the knowledge of their…

Death of Your Partner

We humans are above all social beings. Our evolutionary success and survival depended on it and still does. A significant part of us prompts us to cooperate, exchange affection, display altruism, compassion, loyalty, ending up feeling belonging to that group or tribe, and addition and in return, we feel joy and meaning in contributing and…

Tribalism and Human Nature

Humans are tribal creatures. Our phenomenal success on this planet depended on it. Still does. As Tribal animals, we form mutually interdependent groups, sharing matters of faith and beliefs which help with cohesiveness, meaning, and sense of belonging. We cooperate and display loyalty for the tribe we belong too. We  express altruism with readiness to assist…

Do Animals Know

We humans are “a many  splendored  thing.” We have enormous intellect, curiosity, creativity, tenacity, imagination, eagerness to “master,” pugnacity, altruism, kindness, cooperativeness, side by side with competitiveness, our altruism side-by-side with readiness to “kill the enemy” of the adjoining tribe, whoever that may be at the time. We are also the only remaining Homo  species…

On Boredom

One monotonous day is followed by another monotonous, identical day. The same things will happen, they will happen again — the same moments find us and leave us.   A month passes and ushers in another month. One easily guesses the coming events; they are the boring ones of yesterday. And the morrow ends up…

The Dark Side of Tribalism

We humans  are social beings. We cooperate, have altruism, empathy, eagerness to excel, and solicit the admiration and approval of our  tribe/nation/group. We also share heroic narratives and faith along with a pride for  the “specialness” of our group-tribe in which we live. At the same time, we have a tendency and even eagerness to look down…

Irrational Tribalism – An Aid to Terrorism

The amazing fact is hiding in plain sight, and yet we have ignored it completely! A minuscule number of murderous fanatics insure their success by recruiting our own irrational tribal traits. They manage to play havoc to our societies and they are doing it with our help! Think of it; please, rationally this time. One…

Modernity – A World of Contradictions

Modernity brought changes such as rapid dissemination of information along with equally rapid dissemination of technological innovations and scientific knowledge, mutually beneficial inter-dependency in trade, massive traveling and inflow of immigrants, and most importantly the emergence of a global sense of citizenship in addition to the local tribal loyalties we express. These developments are making…

Let’s Talk All About Religion

Religious narratives and practices are almost universal. All such narratives share certain characteristics centered around a powerful deity, whether it is called God, Theos, Gott, Dieu, Allah, Elloheim, YHWH, or The Great Spirit, or even worshiping many gods like in the Hindu culture. There must be a universal need written in our nature to create…