Category Archives: Richard Cocks

Darwin vs Morality: Part II

In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins attempts to describe the biological roots of morality. He begins by saying: “Natural selection favors genes that predispose individuals, in relationships of asymmetric need…

Darwin Vs. Morality: Trying to Find a Biological Basis for Morality

There are certain kinds of arguments philosophers call “self-defeating” because if you turn out to be right you are wrong and obviously if you turn out to be wrong you’re…

Nature, Tradition, and Why Mystery Trumps Reason

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Greek Orthodox Christian from Lebanon, or what he calls the Levant. In the course of his book Antifragile, he promotes skepticism, theism, tradition, the writings…

From Romanticism to Political Correctness: Modernity and Emotional Illiteracy

Emotions are part of our very being; we are our emotions, at least to the extent that we are egos. Like music or a river, they tend to have a certain…

Spiritual Evolution; Waiting for the Higher Meme

In their book Spiral Dynamics, Beck and Cowan color code and thus simplify the categories of psychologist Clare Graves. Graves posited a theory of development based on people’s responses when…

Metaphysics, Ethics, and Living in an Uncertain World

The nature of ultimate reality is not provable on the rational level. It might be possible to experience it directly as part of a mystical experience. Or we might read…

Existentialism

The Limits of Existentialism

One notion often associated with existentialism is the nihilist assumption that we live in a meaningless universe. This gets coupled with the idea that life has whatever meaning we assign…

The Naked Android: Sex, Death, and Immortality in the Age of AI

Alan Turing invented the ideational basis of modern computers with his concept of a universal machine. The machine had a write/erase head and a strip of paper that represented an…

Oneness: Where Mysticism and Morality Meet

(Editor’s Note: In the article below Prof. Richard Cocks looks at morality and its relationship to mysticism. Though a generally ignored subject, it is also an important one for the contemporary…