Essential Reads

Why Is Lithium Good for Both Batteries and Bipolar Disorder?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on January 11, 2018 in Hot Thought
Understanding of how lithium works in a mental-health context has been slow to develop.

Media Coverage Can Change Minds

Identifying as American may be a key factor in how you respond to coverage of Trump's policies.

Does Love Always Win?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on January 10, 2018 in In the Name of Love
Romantic love is a many splendid thing. A life without love is a miserable life. However, not everything is glowing in the romantic kingdom.

Diagnosing Trump: A Reply

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
The issues of diagnosing President Trump are complicated, in part because there is no consensus on what constitutes a mental disorder to begin with.

More Posts on Philosophy

With permission from Inner City Books

An Interview With the Late Jungian Analyst Edward Edinger

By Pythia Peay on January 13, 2018 in America On The Couch
"America is a kind of advanced laboratory for the world...We are the one nation that on principle has turned itself into a microcosm of the world."

Talking With Larry King About "Why the Grass Seems Greener"

Are small annoyances in your relationship driving you crazy? Shifting your perspective from what's going wrong to what's going right can make all the difference.

Social Cohesiveness

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 09, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
Fighting over differences only leads to increasing violence and divisiveness. Who can change the mind of another? What is a constructive alternative for positive change?

Some-nipotence: A Real Answer to the Free Will Question

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Ambigamy
You have free will and the reason you hear otherwise is that scientists got stuck on the assumption that you're just a complex chemical robot.

Science Isn't Just Common Sense

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on January 08, 2018 in Pura Vida
It is widely assumed—by people sympathetic to science—that science necessarily corresponds to our experience and assumptions. Surprise! It's at its best when it doesn't.

Constructing Modern Selves 1: Dangers of the Class System

How do less wealthy people maintain a worthy self-concept in a class-based society, a place where people are encouraged to think of themselves as equal to anyone else?

Writing Women Into Psychology

Women and people of color were underrepresented relative to men and white people in a sample study of social psychology textbooks.

Toward a Big Theory of Knowledge

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 05, 2018 in Theory of Knowledge
The 21st century needs to see a return to big ideas about knowledge.

The Art of Loving in the 21st Century

Our days can be filled with love and happiness—if we really want it.

Growing Up and Growing Old

By continuing to live an active life as long as physically possible, the mind intensifies its quest.

New Year’s Reflections Inspired by Three Haiku Poets

Here are four haiku with the new year as their themes. My commentary focuses on chronic illness (which includes chronic pain), but this piece is for everyone.

Iceland "Cures" Down Syndrome: Should America Do the Same?

When--and how--should society decide who should--and should not be born"

How Much Does Your Soul Weigh?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 31, 2017 in iAge
We have a great interest in “proving” things. The problem with science is that it is necessarily finicky with details and the problem with belief is that it is necessarily not.

Are There Reasons for Loving One Person Rather Than Another?

If you hang onto memories of the "good old times" and ignore the red flags rippling right in front of you, you risk staying in a toxic relationship for much too long.

Rape by Deception

Deceiving another person in order to have sex with them is morally wrong when it prevents the other person from giving fully informed consent to the act.

4 Keys to Understanding Our Weird, Inconsistent Morality

By Rob Henderson on December 26, 2017 in After Service
What science reveals about morality, and how to make better moral decisions.

On Genius and Meaning

By Moses Ma on December 26, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
The beauty by an aging man.


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
Whether you choose pure libertarianism, Rawlianism, selfish/contributory balance, or pure hedonism, this article can help you make a conscious choice.

When the Extraterrestrials Arrive

By John Nosta on December 20, 2017 in The Digital Self
When the extraterrestrials arrive, who will represent you and planet in the ultimate political discussion?

A Gameplan for Combating Oppression

How work on race can inform efforts to combat class divisions.

Revisiting Preempting the Holocaust: Frankl versus Levi

How I came to develop a phenomenology of Holocaust survival.

Why Do We Struggle With Love?

Is love a choice? What does our perception of self-worth have to do with love?

The Psychology of Hipsterdom

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on December 18, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Just why do hipsters do what they do?

What Role Does Dehumanization Play in Human Cruelty?

How are we supposed to square the humanizing conception of those targeted for oppression with the dehumanizing and othering tendencies that feed the motivation to oppress?

Why Poetry Will Make Your Life Better

The best poetry has always made us gasp and laugh and has always relied on psychological and spiritual revelation.

The Costs of Publishing in Some Journals

Low impact, vanity e-journals flood the inboxes of academic scientists every day with flattering emails in search of new articles to publish for a fee.

The World Responds to Our Emotions: Evidence from Physics

Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.

Is Psychology a "Self-Correcting" Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Is psychology a science? If so, where is the "scientific self-correction"?
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The Intuition of Truth

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Learning at Work
Why we should engage our intuitive reaction around truth.

What Should Psychology Be?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Since the American Psychological Association released a retrospective on the past 125 years in the field, right now is a great time to look toward the future.