Religions on the Rise?

A recent contribution to the ESSSAT discussion forum on Linkedin offers some interesting numbers on religion.  Brian Grim, author of The Price of Freedom Denied (amongst other publications), posted a link to his summary of the Yearbook of International Religious Demography. To offer just one figure out of his list: Religionists account for 88.4% of the world’s population in 2013, up […]

Evolution and Inequality – Huffington Post

See on – Cultural evolution Evolution and Inequality Huffington Post What we’re observing is an evolved nature that’s poorly adapted to the modern world, because technology, urbanization, and even agriculture are relatively modern developments, and genetic evolution can’t… Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: This is an interesting piece for two reasons. (1) It gives a good […]

Comments on: “Scientists Last Supper”

– Tom Uytterhoeven – This photo has been around for a few years (at least from 2010), but I only discovered it recently. Three remarks: (1) Obviously, this comes from a conflict perspective on the relation between science and religion/theology (see e.g.:, which is unfortunate. Is this why the artist left out someone as […]

Prayers of the Dead – the Power of Culture

See on – Cultural evolution Culture Desk – Notes on arts and entertainment from the staff of The New Yorker. « Stephen Malkmus Tells It Slant · Main · Justin Bieber’s New Image ». January 24, 2014 … Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: This is a beautiful, touching story, not only because of the biographical details, but […]

Time to Retire The Simplicity of Nature vs. Nurture

See on – Cultural evolution Time to Retire The Simplicity of Nature vs. Nurture Wall Street Journal The question just doesn’t make sense. New theories of human evolution and culture have also undermined these distinctions. Tom Uytterhoeven‘s insight: "Culture is a biological phenomenon" (Pascal Boyer) – To many, this statement will sound rather reductionist. […]

EO Wilson mistakenly touts group selection (again) – Why Evolution …

See on – Cultural evolution As most of you know, Edward O. Wilson is one of the world’s most famous and accomplished biologists. He was the founder of evolutionary psychology (known as “sociobiology” back then), author of two Pulitzer-Prize-winning … See on