How did human societies scale up from small, tight-knit groups of hunter-gatherers to the large, anonymous, cooperative societies of today - even though anonymity is the enemy of cooperation? How did organized religions with "Big Gods" - the great monotheistic and polytheistic faiths - spread to colonize most minds in the world? In Big Gods, Ara Norenzayan makes the surprising and provocative argument that these fundamental puzzles about the origins of civilization are one and the same, and answer each other.
"Great idea; longer than needed"
The upcoming Presidential election will be pivotal in determining our country's future for years to come. The race is intensifying, but our antiquated voting system may not be able to accurately count all the votes. Millions of military and other overseas voters will be dependent on the postal system to vote. Millions of votes in past elections went uncounted. The United States ranks number 31 out of the leading 34 developed countries in voter participation.
Author David Paul Nixon has spent six years travelling Great Britain and beyond, listening to real people's ghost stories: tales of frightening and unsettling encounters with vengeful spirits, unexplained apparitions, and unclassifiable phenomena. They're deeply sinister, often-traumatic tales that have had a deep, often devastating impact upon people's lives.