David P Barash
Professor of Psychology emeritus, University of Washington

David P Barash is an evolutionary biologist and professor of psychology emeritus at the University of Washington; website: www.dpbarash.com. His most recent book is Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy (2016). With his wife, the psychiatrist Judith Eve Lipton, he is currently writing a book that critiques nuclear deterrence.

Written by David P Barash

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War & Conflict
The deterrence myth

Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will

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Religion
Is God a silverback?

Protective, omnipotent, scary and very territorial. The monotheistic God is modelled on a harem-keeping alpha male

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Biology
Paradigms lost

Science is not a ‘body of knowledge’ – it’s a dynamic, ongoing reconfiguration of knowledge and must be free to change

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Biology
Animal magnetism

Humans are fascinated by our fellow animals – is that just an evolutionary hangover or something more profound?

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Evolution
Is there a war instinct?

Many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war. But they are wrong and the idea is dangerous

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Consciousness & Altered States
Mind readers

Human awareness of our own minds and others’ is unlike that of any other animal. But why did consciousness evolve?

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Ecology & Environmental Sciences
Only connect

Buddhism and ecology both refuse to separate the human and natural worlds – and demand that we act accordingly

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