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Science and ethics (part 4): a tool to overcome conflict or just another utopia?

If science can provide a trustworthy look into ethics, one could reasonably hope that it will provide new tools to prevent and resolve conflict. In fact, it is not hard to find scientist that are eagerly exploring this possibility. In

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Science and ethics (part 3): understanding the biological origin of human morality

Something extraordinary is happening, a cultural revolution is unfolding in front of us, and is mostly going unnoticed. Evolutionary biology, ethology and psychology are all converging to the same conclusion: our moral inclinations have clear and definable biological origins, the

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Science and ethics (part 2): is there any space for Philosophy?

Where I give my definition(s) of philosophy and explain why it will never die, even when it actively strives to make itself redundant. I’ve been trying to be as rigours and linear as possible, and for some reason I was

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Posted in Ethics, Evolutionary Psychology, Philosophy, Science

Dreaming and Sleeping: a follow up on Threat Simulation Theory

My previous post on dreaming and sleeping briefly described Revonsuo’s Threat Simulation Theory (TST) and proposed a possible extension. In short, I was struck by the general idea: dreams are useful to rehearse crucial skills, and wondered why Prof. Revonsuo

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Posted in Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Psychology

Life doesn’t come with a user manual (about the title of this blog)

In the IT industry, especially amongst the people who get to provide user support, we have a very useful (and rude!) acronym: RTFM. I admit that I frequently need to ignore the temptation to use this term when answering some

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Posted in Evolutionary Psychology, Premises, Stupidity

Dreaming and Sleeping, getting closer to an explanation

This post is a quick (gut) reaction to an article recently revised (republished?) on Psychology Today: Dreams Decoded, thanks are due to Edward Craig for tweeting it. A large part of the article is devoted to Revonsuo’s threat simulation theory

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