Gavin Haynes

How knitters got knotted in a purity spiral

(2020, GA)

A purity spiral is a process of moral outbidding, unchecked, rewarding those who put themselves at the extremes, and punishing nuance and divergence relentlessly.

Blair Fix

New Microeconomics: How Evolution Explains Resource Distribution

(2019, GA)

Economists’ selfish model of humanity was about rationalizing the goals of business owners and had nothing to do with how social animals actually behaved. 

Marianne Moyaert

Inter-Worldview Education and the Re-Production of Good Religion

(2018, GA)

Inter-worldview dialogue in schools must take into account "invisible" beliefs of dominant cultural traditions. 

Johannes Alfons Karl, Ronald Fischer

Rituals, Repetitiveness and Cognitive Load

(2018, SMA)

Rigid ritual movement reduces stress, with participants of the experiments in the high stress condition who showed more rigid behavior experiencing a greater reduction in heart rate and diastolic blood pressure.

Marta Lenartowicz et al.

The Human Takeover: A CALL For a venture into EXISTENTIAL opportunity

(2018, SMA)

Can excessive social programming of humans be kept in check by putting AI as a buffer between us and global socio-econo-political system?

Gian-Andrea Monsch, Florence Passy

Does Commitment Change Worldviews?

(2018, SP)

When somebody joins a community he usually changes his worldview according to ideas circulating in that organization.

Arie Kruglanski

Our shared reality is fraying

(2018, GA)

What happens to a society without a sense of "shared reality" when even the mayor defenders of science see the truth as guiding ideal for an inquiry that can never be proven for certain?

Patrick Francois et al

The origins of human prosociality: Cultural group selection in the workplace and the laboratory

(2018, SMA)

Competition between hunter-gathering societies induced selection of group beneficial (prosocial) but individually costly traits and societies with the fitness-enhancing norm/institution combinations proliferated via defeating less successful groups.

Yuval Harari

What explains the rise of humans?

(2015, GA)

How believing in intersubjective fictions like gods, nations, human rights or money enabled humans to cooperate in very large numbers with complete strangers and rule over all the other animals of planet Earth.

Natasha Lomas (Alain de Botton)

Building A Better Version Of Capitalism Is A Massive Startup Opportunity

(2014, GA)

We have managed to satisfy people’s basic material needs… but we’re unhappy, we’re squabbling, we’re looking for meaning, and these are all businesses waiting to be born.

Knut Ims, Ove Jakobsen

Competition or Cooperation? A Required Shift in the Metaphysics of Economics

(2010, SMA)

A critique of the "metaphysical blindness" of modern economics and its mechanical worldview which leads to conflicts between economy, culture, and nature. 

Michelle Maiese


(2003, GA)

Before they are willing to sit down to negotiate resolution, parties to deep-rooted conflict need to find new ways of relating to each other that help them to more fully understand the beliefs, meanings, values, and fears held by both their opponents and themselves.

Joel Kotkin

The Coming Age of Dispersion

(2020, GA)

As dispersion grows, our cities will become flatter and less dense.

Sharun Mukand, Dani Rodrik

The divided public heart

(2018, GA)

Political entrepreneurs, think tanks, pundits and partisan media can develop and disseminate ideas that alter either the worldview or the identity of the electorate, which in turn alter its perceptions of the proposed policies and their outcomes. 

Yuval Harari

Why Technology Favors Tyranny

(2018, GA)

Digital dictatorships, people as domesticated “data cows” and other dangers of the information age. 

Ken Baskin, Dmitri M. Bondarenko

The role of complexity studies in the emerging "processual" worldview

(2018, SMA)

Large-scale cultural processes may be forced by the environment and take shape of the succession of stable states and turbulent phase transitions as in the case of ice-melting-water-boiling-vapor pattern. 

John Danaher

The Case Against Work

(2018, GA)

The labour market in most developed countries has settled into an equilibrium pattern that makes work very bad for many people, and it is getting worse as a result of technical and institutional changes.

Dirk Helbing

Society Is Not A Machine, Optimization Not The Right Paradigm!

(2016, GA)

Data-driven society optimization will not work because the world is changing too fast, is nor predictable or simple, and (in the language of computer science) we don't even know the right goal function...

Ara Norenzayan et al.

The Cultural Evolution of Prosocial Religions

(2014, SMA)

12 000 years ago: large scale, cooperative, anonymous societies appear, and at the same time prosocial religions begin to conquer the world. 

Peter Turchin

The Puzzle of Human Ultrasociality

(2013, SMA)

Human ultrasociality represents a major evolutionary transition: higher-level collectives (societies) become so well integrated that they can be treated as “individuals” in their own right.

Andrew J. Hoffman

Climate Science as Culture War

(2012, SMA)

Climate change challenges us to examine previously unexamined beliefs and worldviews, and it is a proxy for deeper conflicts over alternative visions of the future and competing centers of authority in society.

Nicole Note et al.

Worldview and Cultures: Philosophical reflections from an intercultural perspective

(2009, SMA)

How to balance taking my worldview as true so it can explain the world for me and at the same time relativize its basic categories in order to communicate and cooperate between cultures? 

Eiko Ikegami, Piet Hut

Virtual communities and Public Spheres

(2008, SMA)

Changing the society by temporary decoupling from "real" hierarchical ties in preindustrial Japan poetry meetings and in contemporary virtual Second Life communities.

David Sloan Wilson

Rethinking the Theoretical Foundations of Sociobiology

(2007, SP)

Group-advantageous traits associated with

human morality do increase the fitness of groups, relative to other groups, even if they are selectively neutral or disadvantageous within groups.

Brad Spangler


(2003, GA)

The goal of reframing is to develop a mutually acceptable definition of the problem.