Essential Reads

Keeping Track

By Jean Kazez on August 16, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it ethical to use Find-My-iPhone to track your kids?

Why Should We Care What the Victorians Thought of Self-Harm?

Forget what you thought you knew about self-harm. History suggests our attitudes are more culturally determined than we might think.

What is the Fascination With the Upcoming Solar Eclipse?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on August 13, 2017 in Brain Waves
How might this solar eclipse help us in the understanding of ourselves and our shadow?

Two Mistakes About the Meaning of Life

Wrong views inhibit people from realizing meaning in their lives.

More Posts on Philosophy

Diversity: A Follow-Up

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on August 22, 2017 in Pop Psych
A recent study failed to find a benefit of demographic diversity in business outcomes. Why might we have expected that?

Psychiatric Treatment as Religious Experience

Like all religions, psychiatry's aim is social control and the explanation of deviant and socially undesirable human behavior.

Death and the Risk-taker

By George Michelsen Foy on August 14, 2017 in Shut Up and Listen!
Philosopher Anne Dufourmantelle, who criticized the safe life, is killed saving children from drowning

Why Trump's Comments About Charlottesville Matter

Trump's choice not to immediately denounce white supremacists for their views and their violence was dangerous.

Diluting the Gold of Analysis

Not all psychotherapies are created equal.

A Psychology of Humor

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Jokes hold up a mirror in which we can learn to see our hidden hopes and fears and ask, What kind of animals are we?

Two Weaknesses of Forgiving: It Victimizes and Stops Justice

By Robert Enright Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in The Forgiving Life
Do you have thoughts about forgiveness that stop you from forgiving? You might want to carefully examine these thoughts to be sure you are not blocking yourself from healing.
Henry Fuseli / Wikimedia Commons

Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part Two

What are the connection among Star Wars, belief, mythology, and Peter Pan?
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Testing Free Will

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 09, 2017 in One Among Many
Not to rain on your parade, but the will is still not free. Just accept it, freely if you will.

False Is the New True—Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Humans have never really like the truth, simply because it is almost always inconvenient. So, what's different now about blizzard of lies we experience everyday? Backsliding.

Awe as an Antidote to the Polarized Mind

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on August 08, 2017 in Awakening to Awe
Awe-based tips for healing the social divides.

The Irrationality of Marriage

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on August 06, 2017 in Trust
How can we commit whole-heartedly, when we know divorce is so common?

Does Science Really Say There’s No Purpose to Life?

Many scientists see humanity as just a cosmic accident. But in a recent journal article, I describe a natural process that could have endowed humanity with an ultimate purpose.

Science and Religion: Compatible or Not?

Is there a worldview that would satisfy our psychological cravings for religion, without requiring us to sacrifice any dedication to science? There probably is, so stay tuned.

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.

Was It Meant to Be?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on July 26, 2017 in Hot Thought
When love affairs and jobs go wrong, people are sometimes told that it just wasn’t meant to be. Does such meaning come from God, the universe, fate, destiny, karma, or anything?

False is the New True

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on July 23, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
By some great luck, we missed Orwell's 1984. But 2084 is only 67 years away, and we are right on track—thanks partly to philosophy.
J. Krueger

Freedom From the Will

The idea of a free will is like a soft drink: sweet but bad for you.

Privilege?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A debate: Should society's Haves redistribute more of their assets?

Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

The psychiatrist as state agent, the psychoanalyst as contractual helper.

Get the Science Right!

What popular books get wrong about human evolution.

Just to Be Safe, Should You Believe in God?

By David Niose on July 16, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religious doctrines disagree about who gets eternal bliss. Could it be the atheists?

If Gandhi Was Your Marriage Therapist

Research has found that Gandhi's principles of fairness, peace, and principled protest can also change your love life.
Manu Praba / Wikipedia Commons CC BY 2.0

Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part One

Is belief a psychological condition? Why do we believe what we believe? What does belief mean? Is it many things?
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.
The Meeting of Cortés and Montezuma (detail), from the Conquest of Mexico series, seventeenth century. Jay I. Kislak Collection, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, United States Library of Congress.

Montezuma's Bane (Fake News)

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Frustrated by fake news? We've been here before...

Not-So-Leaky Pipelines

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Pop Psych
Some people think the world of academia is biased against women when it comes to hiring. Turns out just the opposite is true

That’s Awkward

Awkward people are not socially fluent because they are often unable to read social cues and follow social scripts. They may be culpably ignorant but they can be awesome.
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Self-Determination Is NOT a Basic Human Right

By Tim Carey Ph.D. on July 05, 2017 in In Control
Life, in fact, for as long as it exists, is an ongoing process of realizing the experiences or outcomes that we have determined must be established.

Why Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 05, 2017 in Hide and Seek
The psychology and philosophy of forgiveness.