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The Gaza Conflict and Being Pro-Peace rather than Anti-War

One of my favorite Mother Theresa quotes is: “I was once asked why I don’t participate in anti-war demonstrations. I said that I will never do that, but as soon as you have a pro-peace rally, I’ll be there.” The current conflict in Gaza between Hamas and Israel requires the thoughtful liberal to navigate a [...]

Sam Harris’ TED video and the danger of liberal atheist moral absolutism

A fellow graduate student recently shared the below Sam Harris TED video with me and I was quite surprised at the premise of the talk. In it, Sam Harris gives a spirited defense of moral absolutism, the idea that there are objective truths about what we should and should not value. Below is the video. [...]

Separating Pro-Peace from Anti-War Attitudes using Moral Psychology Measures

I’m off to SPSP 2010 and will be presenting the below poster at the morality and justice pre-conference.  It’s based on a scale I found measuring separate war and peace attitudes (Vander Linden et. al, 2008) at the main political psychology conference 2 years ago.  The concept is pretty simple…I found scales that predicted pro-war and [...]