Essential Reads

Obstacles to Practicing Professional Ethics in Real Life

Why might well-educated professionals take ethical missteps?

Can Punctuality Ruin Love?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in In the Name of Love
There are good reasons for considering punctuality to be a virtue. Is it also a romantic virtue? There are reasons to think it is not.

Have Politics Ruined 'Fifty Shades'?

By Stephen Snyder M.D. on February 20, 2017 in SexualityToday
Christian Grey’s dominant tendencies worked as erotica during the Obama years. But many women may soon find egalitarianism and restraint looking better and better.
'Green Whistle', Steven Depolo, CC 2.0

Whistleblowing, Civil Disobedience, and Democracy

Was it okay for government officials to blow the whistle on National Security Advisor Michael Flynn? This blog looks at three key concepts.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Greed Is Good?

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in The Human Beast
Greed is good! Sharing is for Communists and losers! Do such maxims capture the essence of human social behavior?
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If You Have a “Big Stick” Speaking Softly Is Natural

By Steven Berglas Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Executive Ego
Ever wonder why rabble rousers act as they do? Here's why...
Svend Brinkmann

How to Stand Firm in a Runaway World

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on February 21, 2017 in Stand Firm
Are you buying one self-help book after another without really becoming happy? If so you are likely addicted to personal development and in need of anti-self-help.

In Defense of Duty

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in How To Do Life
Duty and responsibility have lost stature to autonomy and creativity--Alas.

Why Not Circumcise Your Boy? Risk for Autism

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 19, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
New research raises new questions.
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The Behavioral Side of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

The tendency to engage in "mental accounting" can help government to target assistance where it is intended.

Self-Deification!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Ambigamy
Self-deification is all the rage these days! Climb on the bandwagon! There's room for you and you don't need to know anything to do it!

Panpsychism and the Vale of Arve

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Boundless
Panpsychism upends traditional assumptions in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics. The human person and the human mind are communal all the way down.

The President and the Vice of Pride

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
A medieval monk assesses the president.
Lori Russell-Chapin

How Do We Learn to Appreciate Each Other's Differences?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on February 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Appreciating rather than tolerating diversity makes life richer and more effective.

The Abuse of Language by Groups Seeking Social Change

By Hank Davis on February 16, 2017 in Caveman Logic
You're driving me crazy with your over-the-top language
Teddy Hugo Walker/Nuzzle

Finding Empathy and Ethics When the Odds Feel Overwhelming

How an hour spent with a dog can align us with our values.

Christian Ethics and Refugees

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
To simply dismiss all of the world’s refugees because of some misguided ideas about heaven, or the false gods of safety or Christian nationalism, is simply unacceptable.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
A prominent argument that evolution cannot explain why humans are religious is examined and found wanting.

What Do We Do When Our Reasons Seem Weak?

By Gregory R. Maio Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Attitude Check
Why is the gap between political viewpoints growing larger? Mechanisms for reducing attitude uncertainty may be part of the answer.

Fake News & "Alternative Facts": The Decline of Rationality

By Ray Williams on February 14, 2017 in Wired for Success
We are inundated with waves of anti-expert, and anti-science information, where opinions in the form of “alternative facts” and fake news are being promoted as the truth.

What Adults Did to Me at Birth: A Baby’s Point of View

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Moral Landscapes
You civilized people don't know what you are doing to babies. Here's my story.
'Reality & Realities,' Face Thinking, CC 2.0

Plato’s Prognosis of “Alternative Facts”

The idea of a fact is one upon which virtually every aspect of human existence depends.

The Social Psychology of Democracy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Why and how do democracies fail and become autocracies? What are the social and psychological phenomena leading people to lose faith in democracy and support tyrannies?

Mindfulness and Activism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Boundless
The connection between mindfulness and activism.
Gage Skidmore

The Science of Solving Alternative Facts

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Worried about the dominance of "alternative facts" in politics? This article has some tips for solving this problem!

Valentine’s Day Alarm: Violence Against Women by Budget Cuts

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on February 10, 2017 in Science Isn't Golden
The elimination of funding for the Violence Against Women Act must be prevented.

Everything You Need to Know About Conflicts of Interest

Are there conflicts of interest in science and medicine that don't involve money? Emotional conflicts of interest are less often considered but just as influential.

Solving the Problem for Elephants

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on February 08, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Captive-held male elephants are underserved by sanctuaries. Here's how the problem is being fixed.

The Burden of Memory (part 2)

If most of our memories are false, how can we decide who we are?

The Burden of Memory (part 1)

Recent cognitive science supports the view that memories are confabulations of the past rehearsed for the future. What about historical memory?

Is American Individualism Bad for the Environment?

The ecological crisis can be beat if Americans join the fight for environmental justice. But in the process we would have to transform the culture of American individualism.

The Sadness of Partisan Polarizing

We mammals evolved to seek the safety of social alliances. Political partisanship makes your inner mammal feel good in the short run but has unpleasant consequences in the long run

Race: The Reality of the Imagined

Ideas of race, inflamed by ideology, are remnants of a bygone age. It is time to defuse them and to communicate about the real issues that confront us all.

The Persona of Donald J. Trump

By Saul Levine M.D. on February 04, 2017 in Our Emotional Footprint
President Donald J. Trump is a remarkably provocative individual, attracting support and adoration from millions, while inciting derision and rage in equal numbers of others.