Interview with Professor Steven Pinker – Johnstone Family Professor, Psychology, Harvard University

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen In a prior job at Conatus News in the United Kingdom, I conducted an interview with the prominent and respected author and philosopher of science, Dr. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, who agreed to the interview and made some thoughtful comments about the idea of the “conatus” or … Continue reading

Ask Jon 8 – ‘We don’t want your thoughts and prayers. We want action.’

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about the notion of thoughts and prayers in the context of Canada and America. *Interview conducted on May 11, 2020.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, we are back with another Ask … Continue reading

Interview with Rev. Rob MacPherson – Minister, Unitarian Church of South Australia

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Rev. Rob MacPherson is a Minister of the Unitarian Church of South Australia. Here we talk about coming to Unitarian Universalism, community, and philosophy. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s start with some background questions quite naturally, what was some religious, or non-religious, background? Rev. Rob MacPherson: I was raised … Continue reading

Ask Jon 7 – Mammon: Religion as a Political Currency

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about Bill de Blasio and ultra-Orthodox political currency. *Interview conducted on May 4, 2020.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the “Big Apple,” what is the case with … Continue reading

Interview with Rev. Jim Parrish Minister – UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Rev. Jim Parrish is the Minister of the UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR. Here we talk about coming to Unitarian Universalism, community, and philosophy. *Interview conducted on June 3, 2020.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, my line of questions tend to set a tone about a story. We are our … Continue reading

Ask Jon 6 – Ode to a National Ideological Dichotomy: All for All or All for Themselves

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Jonathan Engel, J.D. is the President of the Secular Humanist Society of New York. Here we talk about collectivist and individualist trends in America and the modern health of the nation. *Interview conducted on March 30, 2020.* Scott Douglas Jacobsen: So, we may be entering a once … Continue reading

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