Tag Archives: Kin Selection

Fighting Racism Starts in the Heart

My latest blog post for The Jewish Journal: When we think of relations between Jews and African-Americans, we naturally think of our proudest moments. And we should. Abraham Joshua Heschel marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King in 1965, helping America … Continue reading

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Ending the Violence, Part 2

My new blog post for The Jerusalem Post: As I discussed in last week’s blog post, human violence has some specific biological causes: kin selection, territoriality, and lack of empathy. We are created in God’s image spiritually, but our bodies … Continue reading

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Ending the Violence, Part 1

My latest blog post for The Jerusalem Post: “The road to disaster is paved with pleasant illusions, and the way to deal with evil is not to ignore it,”1 advised Abraham Joshua Heschel. The English philosopher Francis Bacon wasn’t Jewish, … Continue reading

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The Real Causes of Violence

My new blog post for The Times of Israel: Today’s news tells of a thwarted terrorist attack in the West Bank. Then of another terrorist attack in Jerusalem. When religion turns men into murderers, God weeps. That’s Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his … Continue reading

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