When Practical Knowledge Meant Power: The Memory Code

Three Part Totem - Martin Lopatka

In her latest book, The Memory Code, science writer Dr. Lynne Kelly details her thesis that the primary purpose of monuments ranging from the statues on Easter Island to Neolithic Stonehenge was not as tributes to the gods but rather as extremely effective memory technologies used by oral cultures to encode many hundreds of … Continue reading

An unextraordinary claim: Torture doesn’t work

Torture is in the news again, sadly, as Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan made a public declaration that Canada will never use torture or be party to [it], a day after his meeting with US Defence Secretary James Mattis. That sounds decent, but there’s a lot of grey space around his … Continue reading

Religious human sacrifice may have created the 1%

[Photo of Joseph Watts]

In a strange case of synchronicity, two curiously related news stories have been making the rounds the last week. One is the story of the Panama Papers, a leak of 11.5 million documents – 2.6 terabytes – from the law firm Mossack Fonseca that details evidence of how the ultra … Continue reading

That “Non Religious Kids are More Altruistic” Study

I’ve received emails and read many a tweet and Facebook post from gleeful atheists about this study. I can’t really blame them for their excitement, for we are continually confronted with assertions from believers that we just aren’t very moral without religion or that we our default disposition is “sad sack”; … Continue reading

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