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Extremists: From Sovereign Citizens to Incels

In this episode of The Skeptic Studio Cory talked to Dr. Edwin Hodge from the University of Victoria in British Colombia. They discussed various extremist groups, some links between ways they approach the world, and some of the history behind them.

Here is a link to the last time Cory talked to Dr. Hodge

https://www.brainstormblog.net/the-hardcore-skeptic-examines/2017/5/21/an-academic-talks-social-justice

You may also find Cory’s interview with David Neiwert interesting and relevant to the subject

https://www.brainstormblog.net/the-skeptic-studio/rightwingextremism-davidneiwert

or Cory’s recent blog article/podcast rant on the subject

https://www.brainstormblog.net/blog-entries/riseofthefarright

Credit for portions of this image goes to

Anthony Crider; cropped by Beyond My Ken (talk) 20:37, 9 April 2018 (UTC) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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#025: Of Apes, Men, and Gods (feat. Hector Garcia, PhD)

#025: Of Apes, Men, and Gods (feat. Hector Garcia, PhD) | A Leap of Doubt

Why has the belief in a single, all-powerful, and dominant male god been so widespread and pervasive throughout human history, and why does it continue to be so influential and intuitive to human beings today? In this episode, I interview Dr. Hector Garcia, a clinical psychologist and author of the 2015 book Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression, to tackle this question. Garcia traces monotheistic religious belief to our primate origins and points to religious differences and our evolved psychology as the common denominator underlying most of the world’s violent conflicts. We talk about religious violence and oppression within the context of Darwinian natural selection and about the ways in which religion is built upon and exploits the human obsession with dominance and submission dynamics and sex.

Doubter of the Week: Thomas Aikenhead (1676-1697), the last person to be executed in Great Britain for the “crime” of blasphemy.

 

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Hector Garcia’s website: https://www.hector-garcia.com/.

Hector Garcia’s book: https://www.amazon.com/Alpha-God-Psychology-Religious-Oppression/dp/1633880206.

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