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Giftedness Doesn't Guarantee Creative Achievement

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in The Human Beast
There is a dirty little secret that you will never hear from educators involved in programs for the "gifted." These intellectually precocious youngsters generally go on to lead lives that are, well, boring.

Heartless Hunting: Maiming Then Killing Deer With No Remorse

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Animal Emotions
The writer of a failed attempt at a poetic essay claims "I hate to kill" but nonetheless does it thoroughly irresponsibly. Clearly a poor shooter, he portrays everything that is bad about hunting, and other hunters should be angered by his heartless, dismissive, and pompous attitude with no concern for the deer he first maimed then later killed.

7 Reasons Your Book Lives in a Drawer

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Creating in Flow
Are your in-boxes and mailboxes flooded with form rejection letters? Here are some of the reasons, including a few you may be able to fix.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and the “Root of the Problem”

People with OCD spend too much time wondering what cause their disorder. People often think if they figure out what caused the problem, they will be able to fix it. Not so for OCD.

A New Idea to Combat Workplace Stress: Mental Health Days

By Robert London MD on December 26, 2011 in Two-Minute Shrink
If employers allow for sick days, why not institute "Mental Health Days"? Doing so could minimize workplace depression and help to destigmatize mental health conditions.

A Polymath Physicist On Richard Feynman's "Low" IQ And Finding Another Einstein

A conversation with Steve Hsu, a modern day polymath, on physics and Richard Feynman's supposedly "low" IQ to intelligence, gifted education, and whether we will find another Einstein.

Monotheistic Belief Is Not a Newcomb Problem

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in One Among Many
I respect personal claims of faith because they lie outside the realm of reason. In contrast, attempts to justify religious beliefs with the tools of probability theory of logic tend to run into problems within the first paragraph. Here’s another example of a way of thinking that is more magical than scientific.

Hello, Kim Jong Un

By Laura Betzig Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in The Political Animal
Like his father and grandfather, Kim Jong Un is becoming "a great person born of heaven." There have been other divine kings. Some of them were worshipped in Bethlehem. Others were worshipped in Rome.

The Neuroscience of Perseverance

By Christopher Bergland on December 26, 2011 in The Athlete's Way
Perseverance separates the winners from the losers in both sports and life. Are you someone who perseveres despite difficulties and setbacks, or do you tend to throw in the towel and call it quits when faced with a challenge or adversity? What makes some people able to keep pushing and complete a task while others habitually fizzle and don't follow through?

New Year’s Resolutions the Buddha Might Have Made

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on December 26, 2011 in Turning Straw Into Gold
In presenting these New Year's resolutions, I've taken the liberty of putting some of the Buddha's words into the first person and adjusting the language in a few places so the text reads as resolutions. The content is true to his discourses.

How Compatible Are You Two?

By Steve Sisgold on December 26, 2011 in Life in a Body
Relationships can work when couples only connect on some levels if they are conscious of why they are together and are content with the areas they do connect.

The Case of James Boswell -- Which Is Better, Happiness or Immortality?

By Stanton Peele on December 26, 2011 in Addiction in Society
James Boswell, an unhappy and insecure man, conceived and executed the greatest biography ever written, about his good friend Samuel Johnson, a work for which acclaim has grown over the centuries. Yet -- although Boswell wanted above all to make a mark on the world -- he died a broken man. What does this tell us?

To Be Your Best, Suck You Must

By Lisa Rivero M.A. on December 26, 2011 in Creative Synthesis
Just two months before winning the 2011 U.S. Open in record-breaking fashion, Rory McIlroy lost the Masters in what some pronounced “a breakdown of historic proportions.” How many of us, after sucking in such a public way, would have picked up our bags and gone home for good?

Adolescence and Holiday Safety

Cutting loose on holidays can lead unmindful adolescents into harm.

You Never Forget Your First Dog

By Greg Markway Ph.D., on December 26, 2011 in Shyness Is Nice
I remember the day I got Jerri. She was a tiny pup, black with a patch of white on her chest. When I held her, she melted into me. I fell in love instantly.

Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D. on December 26, 2011 in Making Change
Each time we change to a new calendar, people resolve to do all sorts of things. Unfortunately, these promises inevitably involve setbacks along the way; and so require perseverance. As the Japanese proverb says, “Fall seven times, get up eight.” While this sounds great – very motivational – it does not tell you how to do it.

Belief is not evidence

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on December 25, 2011 in One Among Many
Teaser: Professor Justin Barrett believes in a single personal god and thinks that cognitive science is on his side. That he must violate elementary logic to reach this conclusion is probably part of a cosmic plan.

Casual Sex: A Psychiatrist Responds

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on December 25, 2011 in The Pacific Heart
It ain't all wine and roses in the land of casual sex, contrary to Siegel's recent blog post.

Do I Really Have the Best Job a Woman Could Have in 2012?

By Rosemary Joyce Ph.D. on December 25, 2011 in What Makes Us Human
What makes a job "best" for someone? Can being an anthropology professor really be the best job available to a woman in 2012?

Belief Contamination

By Alex Lickerman M.D. on December 25, 2011 in Happiness in this World
The abhorrence we feel when encountering beliefs that contradict our own is so universal and so powerful that it's hard to imagine it's the result of anything other than natural selection, programmed into us by evolution because it gives us some kind of survival advantage.

Little Things Mean a Lot

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 25, 2011 in In the Name of Love
Love is often described in terms of grand deeds, such as moving mountains. Love can indeed induce such deeds, but usually it is the little things that mean a lot more in love.

Primate Social Behavior: Nature "Versus" Nurture Once Again?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on December 25, 2011 in Animal Emotions
Genes seem to play a large role in the social behavior of many nonhuman primates but not for other other species including coyotes and wolves. Much more research is needed to see just how far these new findings apply as they surely will inform future studies of animal behavior and conservation projects. Is it nature and nurture or nature or nurture? Time will tell.