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A Moral Arc Party of Magic and Rap

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 January 20th, 2015|Civil Rights, Crime, Justice, Morality, Reason, Religion, Science, Slavery, Terrorism, Violence, War, Women’s Rights|

At the book party to launch The Moral Arc on Monday night January 19 in New York City, the host Gerry Ohrstrom and the sponsor the Reason Foundation wanted to liven up the party so they brought in a couple of remarkable magicians and the famous science rap artist Baba Brinkman, famous for his “Rap Guide to Evolution” and, more recently, his “Rap Guide to Religion”, which is now an off-Broadway production in New York. To my utter surprise, before Steve Pinker and I launched into our “In Conversation” about science and moral progress, Baba got up and performed a rap song tribute to The Moral Arc, which, he said, he wrote on the drive over to the party! Now that’s creativity on the fly.

The 1919 Theory That Explains Why Police Officers Need Their Guns

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|Civil Rights, Crime, Justice, Morality, Violence|

In 1919, with the smoke still clearing from the battlefields of the First World War, the German sociologist Max Weber began a systematic study of the nation-state by defining a state as any “human community that successfully claims the monopoly of the legitimate use of physical force within a given territory.” But what constitutes legitimate [...]

What Really Happened in Ferguson

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 December 17th, 2014|Civil Rights, Crime, Justice, Morality, Violence|

When eyewitness testimony collides with contradictory evidence Psychologists have known for decades that memory does not operate like a video camera, with our senses recording in high definition what really happens in the world, accurately stored in memory awaiting high fidelity playback on the viewing screen of our mind. Instead, fragments of scenes are processed [...]

Reducing the Carnage: Mass Public Shootings and Gun Control

By | 2017-05-18T16:04:47+00:00 February 1st, 2013|Civil Rights, Crime, Justice, Morality, Terrorism, Violence|

In response to the December 14, 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, in which 20 children and six adults were murdered, President Obama vowed to do everything in his power to prevent such an event happening again, “Because what choice do we have? We can’t accept events like this as [...]