Category Archives: Cultural Evolution

Prophets and Sages as Curators

Last night I watched Peter Sellers in Being There (1979), one of my favorite films. The thought occurred to me: that movie anticipated the digital age by roughly a generation. Even back then, people were overwhelmed by information. Gardener, an … Continue reading

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Sympathy for Those with Good Intentions

I’ve felt a strong sense of kinship with Winston Churchill since reading William Manchester’s magisterial account of the late British prime minister and statesman. Churchill is remembered among most historians as the greatest national leader of the 20th century.  Yet, … Continue reading

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Among the World’s Great, but Unwitting Innovators

I’ve mentioned before how fascinating it is to consider how religious mystics, leaders and reformers have unwittingly contributed to innovation – entire platforms, in many cases – that have transformed the world in ways that they scarcely could have imagined. … Continue reading

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A Threat to Human Scaffolding

According to research conducted by the universities of Oxford and Coventry, religious beliefs are linked neither to intuition nor to rational thinking. Previous studies indicated that people who hold strong religious beliefs are more intuitive and less analytical.  Moreover when … Continue reading

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Westworld: An Enduring Science Fiction Legacy

Last night, I watched the troubling and highly dystopian film Westworld.  A long time has passed since my first viewing in 1973 in the Cinema Twin Theater in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with my old boyhood chum, Joey Johnson. The movie … Continue reading

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Memes and the Human Exoskeleton

I’ve posited before in this forum my theory that much of human destiny is bound up in what I call a “Noncorporeal Human Exoskeleton (NHE).” This exoskeleton is comprised of all sorts of things – culture, political ideology, religious beliefs … Continue reading

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