"Is it possible that some babies are more moral than others? That babies are born with an innate moral inclination? That morality is biologically encoded and not learned over time?
The short answers are: yes, apparently so, and let's not get carried away. The new study which addresses these specific questions should interest anyone with kids, or anyone interested in how we help create a more decent world. After all, the future of our world depends largely on how humane and moral we are or can be. In fact, the study and the questions it addresses are actually the next chapter in a long and ongoing debate often referred to as "nature versus nurture". And like most such dichotomies, this one is largely false...."
"There is new and exciting research about the scientific study of religion. Instead of asking theological or philosophical questions, these scholars are looking at religion from sociological, psychological and behavioral perspectives. Authors like Jonathan Haidt in his book The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion or Robert Wright in The Evolution of God are using science to give much more nuance to what religion truly is — and what it could be.
"...It is the diversity of Jewish expression that enables so many to find their place within such a deep and rich spiritual wisdom tradition. Today we find ourselves, quite possibly, at another of those crossroads that, in past generations, led to some of these new expressions taking root.
"...People will not remain Jewish just because their parents were Jewish. We have to understand how Judaism works in people’s lives, and then articulate clearly, proudly, how it can work in everyone’s life. The time has come to ask different questions in these surveys. The language and research methods used in positive psychology are a good starting point for developing new questionnaires...."
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on February 13, 2014. The second in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on The Cathedral and the Bazaar: How Next-gen Disruptive Innovation will Encourage Cathedrals (incumbents) to Learn How to Dance with the Bazaars (two guys in a garage), and Invite More Disruptions of Consequence.
Hear the audio from DISRUPTING DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION THEORY Web Chat on January 30, 2014. The first in an exclusive series of conversations with Tribeca Film Festival founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, it centers on Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards — Changing the Way We Think About Change Using the New Calculus of Pop Culture.
"Americans will exchange close to 20 billion dollars worth of flowers, jewelry, candy, stuffed-animals and cards this Valentine's Day as an expression of romance and love. But Valentine's Day is actually a double-edged sword. On the surface, we celebrate how committed, secure and passionately in love we are. But, the very fact of this holiday and that we feel so much pressure to be romantic and passionate reveals a deeper more challenging truth. Our love for each other is always far more unstable, unpredictable, and fragile than we are ready to admit. (For instance, four out of ten couples break up between Jan. 1 and Feb. 14.) On Valentine's Day we often hear talk about having found our soul mate. But contrary to popular culture, we don't find our soul mate - we co-create our soul mate..."
"On January 30, a federal court judge threw out the $680 million lawsuit brought against Yeshiva University by 34 former students of its high school for boys who claimed they were sexually abused in the 1970s and ’80s. The suit also pinpointed Y.U. officials, trustees, board members and faculty as responsible for a “massive cover-up” of the abuse. As expected, the judge pointed out in his 52-page opinion that the statute of limitations had expired decades ago...."
It's not just that Governor Jay Inslee of Washington suspended executions in his state this week that is important, says Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, President of CLAL and co-founder and executive editor of TheWisdomDaily.com, it is his reason for doing so and the lessons we can learn from it.
"This week, I attended the Rabbis Without Borders alumni retreat. Apart from being a rejuvenating and prayerful few days filled with Torah and an opportunity to be constantly Amazed (in the Heschelian sense of the word) by the groundbreaking and humbling work of my colleagues, I find myself ruminating on one session in particular.Forty-plus rabbis of different denominations brainstorming what it means to be successful.