Atheism at Crossroads: Religious Statements (“Beliefs”) Don’t Effect Behavior, Probably. Now What?

Given the increasingly strong “no free will” evidence and peer-reviewed research, so-called atheists-skeptics-humanists need to evolve past the presumption of the face-validity or religious statements and claims for causes of behavior.  Demonizing religion and people who say (albeit silly) religious-imaginary-magical things is dum and unscientific.

Say Yes to Drugs – “A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain…changes in connectivity within three hours”

“whole-brain network analysis shows that one dose of the SSRI reduces the level of intrinsic connectivity in most parts of the brain. However, Sacher and her colleagues observed an increase in connectivity within two brain regions, specifically the cerebellum and thalamus.”

Language Gene May “…make it easier to turn mindful actions into behavioral routines.”

We all presume the importance and significance of everyday language, but what the heck does language really do!?  It hasn’t been studied and certainly not using the latest brain science and genetic tools. Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans’ unique […]

“People’s moral lives revolve around keeping track of their own good deeds and gossiping about others’ wrongdoings. That’s the conclusion of a study appearing in the Sept. 12 Science”

It appears our brains are naturally self-rightous and fault-finding, of course. In line with laboratory studies, participants reported committing moral acts more often than immoral acts…The same individuals were more than twice as likely to learn from others about someone else’s dodgy actions as they were to hear about virtuous behavior. Volunteers who reported being […]

Trustworthiness of Others “Decided” in 50 Millieseconds! Completely Unconsciously…

Previous research shows that the amygdala automatically responds to a face’s trustworthiness when a face is clearly visible…the human amygdala is sensitive to subliminal variation in facial trustworthiness. Regions in the amygdala tracked how untrustworthy a face appeared (i.e., negative-linear responses) as well as the overall strength of a face’s trustworthiness signal (i.e., nonlinear responses), […]

Someday….we will be able to describe and predict behavior with an equation similar to that used for the standard model of physics…

We need this – The jump to universality (as described by David Deutsch in his book; The Beginning of Infinity), is a wonderful concept and one that makes sense. The idea is that an application for something – be it technology, biology or language – can never become truly universal until a moment (or jump) happens that […]