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Robert Wright has recently given up blogging at The Atlantic to write a book about Buddhism. His parting admonitions on foreign policy include these two sensible gems:  The world’s biggest single problem is the failure of people or groups to look … Continue reading
Every day, in a lot of ways, are we really getting better and better?
Muslim American Collective Guilt for 9-11 as the New McCarthyism: Robert Wright Says Yes to the Ground Zero Mosque and Deconstructs Rick Lazio and the Weekly Standard
Robert Wright has thought a lot about Islam and its relation to violence, and in his recent magisterial survey of Western religion, The Evolution of God (Little, Brown 2009), he writes five chapters on Islam, including one that is wholly devoted to the subject … Continue reading
My daughters are four and six, and barring a severe catastrophe (personal or civilizational), my guess is that they’ll have lifespans that might double that of the average person living today. By the time they hit about the age of 50 (around … Continue reading
In a recent New York Times essay, Robert Wright attempts to complexify the “jihadi intent” narrative for the Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, to which Jerry Coyne dismissively retorts: It’s social difficulties, mental illness, financial problems, and American depredations in the Middle … Continue reading
At the heart of the universe are three staggering paradoxes, and one of them, however absurd and inconceivable, must be true: either the universe made itself; or it has always existed; or some self-made or eternal telos is behind it Theists … Continue reading
A piece on the New Atheist movement, written by Robert Wright, appeared this past week at Foreign Policy’s website: [T]he New Atheists’ main short-term goal wasn’t to turn believers into atheists, it was to turn atheists into New Atheists — fellow fire-breathing preachers … Continue reading
America vs. Global Terrorism: What Happens When Ahab’s Pursuit of the White Whale Takes Place in Real Time?
Robert Wright, in the New York Times this weekend, articulated clearly his view of how the viral terrorism meme spreads, in an age of global communication, to psychologically susceptible people (like Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan): One reason killing terrorists can spread terrorism is that … Continue reading
I think it’s fair to characterize Robert Wright’s book this way: he has traced what he himself calls “the history of an illusion” to something less and less illusory. In other words, the history of religion, for Wright, is a … Continue reading
At Christianity Today, Dinesh D’Souza reviewed Robert Wright’s book, The Evolution of God (2009), and asks a good question: Regretting the ‘problem’ passages that seem to justify violence in the Qur’an and also in the Bible, Wright speculates that ‘if … Continue reading
And an interesting match up. Daniel Dennett, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris v. Robert Wright, Dinesh D’Souza, and a rabbi, Shmuley Boteach:
Jim Manzi defends Robert Wright against atheist biologist Jerry Coyne’s thumbs down New Republic review of Wright’s new book, The Evolution of God, here. Money quote: [T]he evolutionary process does not add any incremental randomness to outcomes beyond what is … Continue reading
I’ve read the first couple chapters of Robert Wright’s new book, The Evolution of God, and I’m not interested in prejudging it as a whole before I’m actually finished with it, but so far it’s a very stimulating read. The book is densely argued, … Continue reading
Robert Wright, a guest blogger for Andrew Sullivan this week, makes a great point about health care and rationing: What more is there to say about Sarah Palin’s now-famous claim that President Obama’s health-care plan features “death panels” that will … Continue reading
Atheist biologist Jerry Coyne, in his recent review for the New Republic of Robert Wright’s new book, The Evolution of God, catches Wright out on an Orwellian euphemism that Wright deploys to describe Islamic historical setbacks on the road to greater tolerance: … Continue reading
Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, has a theory. He thinks that religions tend to be morally neutral in terms of tolerance—and that their ranges of tolerant expression are dependent on the contingencies that they find themselves in. Hence, for … Continue reading
Below, agnostic Robert Wright, author of The Evolution of God, discusses religion and atheism with atheist John Horgan. Wright has a rather novel view of religion and atheism, seeing both of them as morally neutral, with their “demonic” sides only … Continue reading