Showing posts from March, 2011

Review of The God Instinct by Jesse Bering

The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life, by Jesse Bering In 'The God Delusion', it seems that Dawkins would like to give believers a good, sensible talking to about their irrational belief, in the faith that the searing light of reason will banish those ideological shadows. Jesse Bering's book is of a refreshingly different stripe; basically, he is telling us that we are stuck with a tendency to God-related thinking. He points out that our proneness to believe in God come not from ideology but biology. He takes the main elements that contribute to religious thought - the idea of a personal God, the idea that every life has a purpose, and the idea of life after death - and shows how our mental proclivities add up to a massive pressure to engage in such beliefs. Why? These behavioural features conferred selective advantages and, as many have pointed out, evolution produces survival, not tr

Breaking Convention - conference on psychedelic consciousness

Breaking Convention - A multidisciplinary conference on psychedelic consciousness. Friday 1st - Sunday 3rd April. Details at I shall be giving a talk entitled 'Solve et Coagula: psychedelic self-dissolution and supernormal abilities' at this event. Aside from that, there are loads of speakers with some very interesting topics. Check it out!