Welcome to my website, where I'm excited to introduce you to my book Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior. The book is about how we may currently be in the dark ages of understanding human behavior, due to the corrupting influences of political and religious ideology on social scientific research. If we want to make the world a better place, I argue, we need to pursue a more rigorous study of current social problems like war, crime, and poverty, even if it threatens our cherished beliefs about human autonomy, race, class, and gender. We need, in short, to have another scientific revolutionthis time in the social sciences.
I'm trained as a philosopherand I do keep my hand in academic work through both scholarship and teachingbut my goal in writing these days is to engage a much larger audience in the kind of philosophical dialogue that can help to change the way that we think about the problems of everyday life and how philosophy might have a role in making the world a better place.
In some ways, this is a return to what philosophy had always been about, before the academics got ahold of it, when Socrates and his followers considered anything and everything to be a suitable topic for philosophical discussion, in hopes that the pursuit of wisdom would lead not only to knowledge but also a better life. We are in as much need of this today, I believe, as we were 2000 years ago. Philosophy needs not only professors, but also practitioners.
I hope that you might enjoy reading the introduction to Dark Ages or learning a bit more about my current works in progress. Feel free to sign up for my mailing list or email me with your own ideas about how philosophy can be made more accessible and relevant to the quality of human life. I'd love to hear from you.
Praise for Dark Ages
Silver Award Winner for Philosophy
"McIntyre has written a beautiful and timely ode to scientific rationality."
Sam Harris, author
"Lee McIntyre has... nerve, and makes a clear case for the value of value-free science. This book will make waves."
Daniel M. Wegner, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University and author
"Lee McIntyre's powerful voice is timely and welcome."
Harvey A. Silverglate, civil liberties lawyer and writer