Essential Reads

In Pursuit of Happiness: Why Pain Helps Us Feel Pleasure

By Brock Bastian Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in The Other Side
Is happiness just about the good times? Do painful experiences only make us unhappy? Here is new research on why our painful experiences are in fact necessary for happiness.

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Study Shows a Bias for Evidence of What We Want to Be True

New experimental findings suggest that we seek and stress corroborating evidence based on what we desire.

More Posts on Philosophy

Our Worst Angels: Inconvenient Psychological Truths, Part 1

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in Insight Therapy
What might rappers, Israeli Jews, gender studies academics, and abusive parents have in common?

Why Is There So Much Violence Today?

How can we get beyond this wave of violence? A new perspective can make all the difference.

National PTSD Awareness Month

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in The New Normal
June is a time to celebrate a psychiatric revolution.

The Self, Lost and Found

How creativity holds up a mirror to your inner world.

Playing to Win: Should Youth Specialize in Sports?

Data show that more youth than ever train year-round for a single sport and travel to compete against higher-level teams. But is this good for kids?

A Possible Sign from God That He (It) Exists

By Izzy Kalman on June 14, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Could it be that a familiar cosmic illusion considered by scientists to be a pure coincidence is actually a clever sign from God to mankind that He exists?

My 20-Year Journey Toward a Unified Framework

A retrospective on my work toward a unified framework for psychology and psychotherapy.

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

A Writer's Manifesto

Using words to navigate an incoherent existence

The Three Hounds of Hell

Three forces deplete our well-being and that of our communities and countries.

Why Social Stigma Matters (Children's Edition)

Children are invoking Trump while engaging in bigoted harassment of classmates. What does this tell us about the role the current political climate plays in shaping our behavior?

The End of Guilt

Has shame taken over from guilt as the marker of American culture? Or was guilt never very important in the first place?

How to Protect Yourself Against Pop Inspirational “wisdom"

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 06, 2017 in Ambigamy
Nothing stunts our learning of practical wisdom like embracing half-wit wisdom masquerading as whole, universal wisdom.

The Deep Roots of Left vs. Right

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Ambigamy
The fundamental distinction in politics as in life is between constraint and freedom. We need both.

Seeking Common Ground 3: Reasserting the American Commitment

The challenge—for both blue and red—is to abandon the noisy rhetoric and to consider, earnestly, how personal and public good can be integrated.

Of Gods and Burqas: on Seeing a Student in a Burqa

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
We are losing the fight between religion and both science and morality. The ghost of Orwell smiles.
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There Are Choices No One Should Ever Have to Face

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in I'm Only Human
The American Health Care Act might seem attractive because it would offer people choices. But it would actually force some people to choose between two unthinkable options.

Happy If—Happy When: Why Write a Musical?

I am writing a musical called Happy If—Happy When about two artists and their five children who move from the city to a farm in the country. Why write a musical?

Productivity Secrets of an Influential Young Scotsman

Here's how passion, action, and reason work together to help you get things done.

How Do You Understand a Terrorist?

Everyone is interested in terrorism, but no one understands it, despite the myriad explanations put forward. There is a good reason for this seeming paradox.

Intellectual Lulz: Academic Hoaxes and Epistemic Trolling

By Andrew Smart on May 29, 2017 in Machine Psychology
Academic hoaxes that attempt to expose the emptiness of postmodernism are the most postmodern things imaginable.

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!

Facebook Banned Another Political Activist - Myself!

Do You Feel Trapped By Your Social Roles?

The stories we tell ourselves about who we are can at times constrain us. So what should we do if we want to change the story and create a new narrative of who we want to be?

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.
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The Pastor Who Found God In Technology

By John Nosta on May 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
God may not just be in the details, but in your smartphone.

Ethical Love

Love or Luck?Would you like to be betrayed, forgotten, or abandoned for other younger and more divine bodies?
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Darth Socrates: You don’t know the power of Philosophy

Experimental philosophy is all the rage in philosophy. But, like all other fads before, it will fall to philosophy's unanswerable questions.

Blasphemy!

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Hive Mind
Religious and Secular blasphemy accusations come from a similar source. And we need to call a halt to this nonsense.