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12.08.2018

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology III

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology III

The times of Renaissance and Enlightenment were reactions to the agricultural civilization’s system crisis and thus re-claimed the ancient rationalist thinking; this made Europe the leader of the historical evolution. The “grown-up” moral motivations were newly gaining strength together with the critical thinking. True, the humans had not yet learned… »

10.08.2018

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology II

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology II

Akop P. Nazaretyan.- The faith in posthumous life (first that of other individuals and then of one’s own) has accompanied the history of the Homo genus for more than two million years; in an anthropological version, it radically contributed to the early Homo’s viability [8, 9]. Much later, in the… »

09.08.2018

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology I

Heroism, terrorism and social violence: Notes in political psychology I

Akop P. Nazaretyan.- Behavioral and psychological difference between the terrorists of the 1990 – 2010s and the ones of the 1950 – 1980s reflects a worldwide trend towards increasingly primitive political thinking. The structure and logic of religious motivations and the literal faith in afterlife rewards make terrorists’ activities more… »

12.01.2018

Feast of the Black Nazarene: Superstition, Idolatry, Fanatic Faith?

Feast of the Black Nazarene: Superstition, Idolatry, Fanatic Faith?

Millions, yes, millions of devotees converge in the navel of Manila, Quiapo, every January 9 to celebrate the Feast of the Black Nazarene. Once a year, the streets of downtown Manila along the route of the Traslacion is transformed into a seething, swarming mass of barefoot devotees who re-enact the… »

05.11.2017

The Religious Imperative To Fight Climate Change: Environmental Stewardship And World Religions

The Religious Imperative To Fight Climate Change: Environmental Stewardship And World Religions

By Ryan V. Stewar. One may easily argue that climate change represents the greatest ever threat to the continued existence of civilization. And such a threat, global and multi-generational in its scope, cannot long go unabated. Let me be very clear: We humans cannot, under any circumstances, afford to ignore… »

17.02.2017

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

A Dire Vacuum in a World in Crisis

By Baher Kamal “The world is in a crisis, not least because governing élites have estranged themselves from the needs and aspirations of ordinary people. This sense of being left behind has lead the latter to rebel against their country’s stratified governance,”… »

22.12.2016

Desecrating Expression in Asia

Desecrating Expression in Asia

The rights to freedom of expression and religion are both essential components of a vibrant and pluralistic democracy. There are long-held laws that guarantee these freedoms in Asia. However, the way they are interpreted and used, is causing life-threatening situations in many countries. Recent years have seen increasing intolerance and… »

27.07.2016

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

The Psychology of Ideology and Religion

  Two of the drivers of world affairs that manifest in the daily decisions that affect our lives are ideology and religion.  Ideology is the term widely used to describe the underlying set of values, myths, ideas, attitudes, beliefs and doctrine that shape the behavioral approach to political, economic, social,… »

04.04.2016

Bernie Sanders on religion

Bernie Sanders on religion

For many people their religious viewpoint is very personal and for many people it is not easy to answer questions such as this put to Bernie Sanders, but being a public speaker he gives as complete and relaxed an answer to a ‘tough’ question here in this video that reflects… »

04.11.2014

Christianity vs Islam Countercyclicity

  Human Wrongs Watch By Johan Galtung*, 3 Nov 2014, Kuala Lumpur – Transcend Media Service – “Countercyclicity” means that both move through history in cycles, up and down; with one moving up when the other moves down. Christianity started with its founder crucified, like the first pope St Peter;… »

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