On Powerlessness: God, Government, Guns

  In my recent talk at Victorian Skeptics, I suggested that in times of stress and peril, ones where we have little or no influence over the situation, humanity often looks for reasons for the unthinkable happening. Partially this is so that we can remember the happenings leading up to a perilous situation, and partially so we can gain a sense of owning the situation, or have a sense of agency within the situation. For instance, if a town...

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