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Spiritual but Not Religious

By Massimo Pigliucci on July 22, 2010 in Rationally Speaking
I am not a religious person, and I'm most certainly not spiritual either. Both of these statements get me into trouble in polite society, especially when they are coupled.
Quit Lying
Why I'm an Excellent Liar
The Truth At All Costs?
The Truth About Lying

Jerk Off Kit* + Marketing Tip

Do you own any Mental Real Estate?

Can you afford not to take a vacation?

By Pepper Schwartz Ph.D. on July 21, 2010 in Love Lessons
Vacations are not a luxury.  Our health, mental and physical, requires down time

A Therapist Should be a Good Storyteller

By Ilana Simons Ph.D. on July 21, 2010 in The Literary Mind
Sliced carrots slapped against the nurse's chest and a lunch tray clattered to the floor. The tall African American 22-year-old who I'm seeing in therapy, who I'll call Anthony here, was raging. "You ain't seen my hell. They hated Tupac. They hated Malcolm X. You ain't know f**k about me."

More Reasons To Love Dogs: They Promote Prosocial Behaviors and They Attract the Ladies.

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 21, 2010 in Homo Consumericus
A recent study finds that when a dog accompanies individuals, the likelihood of their requests being complied with (e.g., asking for money, asking for a woman's phone number) increases. Yet another reason to love dogs!Announcement: This is my 101st post. My blog has just surpassed 500,000 total views. Thank you readers!  

You are NOT going to want to hear this, but…

By Michelle Gielan on July 21, 2010 in Lights, Camera... Happiness!
Is your news your best friend?

Moving on up: The goal of advancement

By Art Markman Ph.D. on July 21, 2010 in Ulterior Motives
We have lots of goals in life. Many of them involve some kind of advancement. If you are in school, you set the goal to advance to the next grade or to the next level of your degree. At work, you might aspire to a promotion or to a job with more responsibility. When learning to play a musical instrument, you might dream of learning a more difficult piece of music or to play in a band. Even video games often have a series of levels that you traverse to move through the game. These situations involve what are called hierarchical goals, because you have to move up the ladder to advance to the next goal.What makes you want to step up to the next level?
Sibling Strife
Those Fabulous James Boys
One-Child Wonder
When Parents Lose Control

Eat, Pray, Love Like a Girl

By Anastasia Harrell on July 20, 2010 in The View From Venus
We have spent decades poking fun at thirteen year old girls and their obsession with their equally awkward and gawky male counterparts. However, with the arrival of the new film, Eat Pray Love, quickly approaching, we may have been too quick to dismiss the interests of the stereotypical teenaged girl.

Why Smart Women Don't Trade Around

Guys trade around, apparently looking over their shoulders for any fresh, tantalizing, practically nubile investment possibility, eager to embrace it, tossing logic and rationality aside in one cavalier gesture of welcome.In contrast, women cleave to what is established and proven. Big shock, right? Maybe this sounds far less sexy or stimulating, but it turns out to be far wiser in the long run.

Jane GoodAll Things Wonderful

By Jonathan Balcombe Ph.D. on July 20, 2010 in The Inner Lives of Animals

Is Lance Armstrong a Success?

The success of Lance Armstrong is based not on the fact that he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times. Rather, it has to do with how he has embodied what contemporary philosopher Thomas Morris calls "The 3-D Approach" to life.

Canine Dominance: Is the Concept of the Alpha Dog Valid?

The idea that dog training and problem solving requires the establishing of dominance, with the human taking the role as pack leader (such as suggested by Cesar Millan and others) is challenged by scientific data that suggests that canines do not naturally have rigid dominance hierarchies

Can You Be Too Good-Looking For Your Own Good? Yes.

Most of us assume that the beautiful people have it made - that being attractive gives you advantages across the board. But recent research has shown how the advantages of being beautiful don't always translate into greater successes. In fact, being good-looking can cost you opportunities - jobs, scholarships, promotions - depending on the gender and attractiveness of your evaluator.
What Your Stuff Says About You
Home Improvements?
You're The Style Setter
What Is Style?

The Painfully Misunderstood Distinction between Ultimate and Proximate Explanations

Reiss criticizes our reconceptualization of Maslow’s hierarchy for failure to cite decades of research on psychological needs. True, but that work is mostly irrelevant. To understand why, one needs to appreciate a critical distinction between explanations at different levels of analysis. 

Teen Singing Sensation Gets Botox

By Kathryn Stamoulis Ph.D. on July 19, 2010 in The New Teen Age

Self-actualization Dethroned: Did We Murder Maslow’s Sacred Cow?

Recently the New York Times picked a paper of mine as their “idea of the day.” Good news, right? Not entirely.  The article unleashed a flood of vitriolic outrage at the idea that self-actualization does not in fact deserve it’s sacred status above and outside of biology.  

Why Romantic-Sexual Relationship Failures Are Good For You

Why failures and loss in your romantic and sexual relationships can be a good development for your life.

How to Seem Smarter

By Jeff Wise on July 19, 2010 in Extreme Fear
Smart people have it good. Sure, they might get beat up in high school, but once they reach adulthood, it's the brainiacs who get the hottest girls, the biggest paychecks, the Nobel prizes and the whatnot.

Is President Obama Hung Up Around His Daughters' Sexuality?

By Stanton Peele on July 19, 2010 in Addiction in Society
President Barack Obama has recently been making sexual jests - and warnings - about his pre-teen daughters.  Does he have sexual hang-ups we will get to witness regularly throughout his presidency?
Addiction: A Whole New View
The Digital Dilemma
Coffee Clutch
Remote Control?

Why Do Some Men Beat Up Their Wives And Girlfriends?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on July 18, 2010 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
In a previous post, I address the question of why so many battered women stay in their abusive relationships.

Is the Future of Religion Belonging or Believing (or Neither One)?

By Andrew Park on July 18, 2010 in Between a Church and a Hard Place
A number of readers took issue with my post last month, in which I argued that reports of the coming death of religion have been greatly exaggerated and that our discourse about matters of faith vs. reason ought to reflect that. So here's a bit more data that I think support it, or at least support my first point.

Misdiagnosed, Misplaced, and Mistreated

 Do you dare look through the keyhole and see behind the locked doors of a Massachusetts state school for the mentally retarded? Learn what living there was like through the eyes of a resident. 
Secondhand Blues
The Phantom Phallus
The Autism "Epidemic"
Narcissism Goes Big Time

How do you imagine yourself beyond your 70th birthday?

Think of the last time you went to buy a funny birthday card for a friend. Can you remember what some of the cards said, what their punchlines were? Chances are many of them joked about old age leading to memory loss, senility, loss of sexuality, or physical disabilities.