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The Vices of Conspiracy Thinking

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Trust
Trying to argue with conspiracy theorists can be distressing. Instead, philosophers suggest we should talk about intellectual character, virtue, and vice.

How to Make Life Better: 12 Things to Do Today

Forget those articles in Cosmopolitan asking, "What Do Men Want in Bed?" The answer is simple: They want sex and a sandwich. Maybe pizza.

5 Tips for Critical Thinking

5 critical thinking "rules" that are useful in everyday settings and among those most frequently broken.

Should We Prepare Ourselves for Straying?

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in In the Name of Love
In order to reduce the pain of a potential romantic rejection, some people cultivate back-up romantic options. How beneficial is this preemptive strike strategy?

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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

The Myth of the Self-Made Individual

We should be wary of those who claim to be self-made, who tout themselves as the emblems of accomplishment. These prominent people simply disregard the support they’ve had.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.
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I Spy With My Little Eye

Who is watching you and why?

The Joy of Solitude

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 05, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Loneliness as a subjective state of mind.

Mindful Aging

By The Book Brigade on November 02, 2017 in The Author Speaks
By the time you’re 50, you know yourself pretty well. You should be putting that knowledge to expansive use, seizing opportunities rather than putting limits on what you should do.

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

By on November 01, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

Is Science a Religion?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
It is common to hear that science is another religion. This view is wrong in all the ways that matter.

Blaming the Victim

By Jean Kazez on October 30, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
In the aftermath of all the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault, can we talk about how to avoid danger without making the mistake of blaming the victim?

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

By Rob Henderson on October 30, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love feeling afraid, but also hate it? The paradox is simpler than you think.
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What is the Meaning of Your Life?

By Diana Raab PhD on October 24, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, sometimes it's good to just stop and ponder the reason for our existence. It's also a good grounding exercise.

What is a Psychological Theory?

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on October 24, 2017 in Hot Thought
Psychology needs theories to provide practical interventions and answers to fascinating questions about the mind. Causal mechanisms serve these needs better than associations.

Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

When Life is No Longer an Endless Upward Slope

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in This Is America
Although there may be no clear and compelling solutions to midlife crises, there are ways in which we can sort through some of the apprehensions and angst of adulthood.

The Psychology of Romantic Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Could romantic love be little more than an ego defence?

The Existential Dread of Climate Change

Denying climate change is no solution. But is being fully aware of its consequences making us depressed?

Technology as a Path to Peace

By John Nosta on October 12, 2017 in The Digital Self
Technology is emerging as the ultimate connector to provide a new and and significant human engagement that can lead to better understanding and even peace.

The Philosophical Traveler

By Jean Kazez on October 07, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it odd to first admire, then devour?

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

By on October 07, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
If the treatments for mental illness are better than ever, why is there more mental illness today than ever before? Herein lies the great paradox of psychiatry.

Our Two Essences: Modern Humans as Primates and Persons

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Modern human beings are of two essences. There is our animal-primate essence as homo sapiens. And there is our cultural person essence.
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Do You Feel Like You Have To Do It All?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in I'm Only Human
If only none of our values ever conflicted with our other values, we could act on all of them. But that’s not always the position we’re in.

How Do We Value Time?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
A revolution is coming! Tech is not only disrupting traditional industries, it is fundamentally changing the basis of our economy and the value of being human.

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We all have an ethical responsibility to fight stigma, but mental health professionals have a bit more.

Why Have We Made Such Little Philosophical Progress?

Morality and love are states of mind which, nowadays, neither all human beings nor all religions recognize as the prime spiritual aspects of human conscious.