The Causes Of Dogmatism: Sociological, Psychological, Bioevolutionary and Physiological Foundations

Is the tendency to argue dogmatically due to personality flaws or is it attributable to larger social forces.  Might the tendency for the economy to be contracting have anything to do with it? Are all social classes equally likely to be dogmatic or are some classes more likely to be dogmatic than others? Did being dogmatic serve any evolutionary purpose in natural selection? What might an overly active amygdala, lack of oxytocin and dopamine have to do with dogmatism? Check out my latest article to learn the answers.

About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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