Admittedly, there are some serious problems with Brooks' research. First, he relies on survey data and theists may be more inclined to report charitable efforts. Second, he does not carefully control for cost of living. The average price of a home in California is more than 2.5 times higher than the average home cost in South Dakota. Third, Brooks' own data show that atheists are much more likely to support government programs that give to the needy, and they are more likely to favor tax increases to pay for such programs, so the differences in charity may reflect a preference for centralized strategies rather than relying on what George Herbert Walker Bush called "a thousand points of light." Finally, a reply to Brooks in Scientific American cites a study by Gregory S. Paul, which documents an inverse correlation between religiosity and social health. For example, religious communities have higher homicide rates. Thus, it may not turn out to be the case that religious people are more … [Read more...] about Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?
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Although covert narcissists avoid the spotlight and prefer passive-aggressive means of controlling others, this is not necessarily because they are introverted as is often stated. Rather, they lack the brash confidence of overt narcissists and fear being exposed and humiliated if they draw public attention to themselves. Often this is because they have been conditioned not to compete with a domineering overt narcissist parent. … [Read more...] about Identifying the Covert Narcissist in Your Life: A Checklist
The editors retracted the title and issued an apology, but not because publishing an incredibly insensitive title was a mistake. Instead, they appeared to uncritically accept the view that the title objectively “suggested an equivalence between the loss of buildings and the lives of black Americans.” Except the title didn’t seem to suggest that equivalence to anyone who saw it before it went to print. The editors even noted that “no such comparison was intended.” Nonetheless, they engaged in the self-purification ritual of a certain kind of apology: What they did was “unacceptable.” (Okay.) Their “intent” was “irrelevant.” (When did intent become irrelevant?) They “need to do better.” … [Read more...] about The Apocalyptic Psychology of Mobs—and Media