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No Time to Delay

By Timothy A Pychyl Ph.D. on March 24, 2008 in Don't Delay
Trust me. It’s tempting to go to bed right now and put this off. It’s been a long day. 

Why Do We Believe in God?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 24, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Question: Why do we believe in God?Answer: Beavis and Butt-head.Good night, everybody! Drive home safely, and don’t forget to tip your waitress!

Loving Two People at the Same Time

Empirical evidence clearly suggests that humans are capable of loving and having sex with more than one person at the same time. Nevertheless, it is not obvious how to explain this phenomenon as emotions are typically partial and exclusive.

The Technology of Mind Reading

By Gregory S. Berns on March 21, 2008 in plus2sd
A recent fMRI study brings us one step closer to mind-reading.

Do you need to have a body to have a mind?

By Joshua Knobe on March 20, 2008 in Experiments in Philosophy
Philosophers have long wondered whether the mind depends on the body or whether our thoughts and feelings reside in an immaterial 'soul.' Though intellectuals are still arguing back and forth about the right answer to that question, experimental studies have revealed some surprising facts about how ordinary people think of these issues.

To Forgive or Not Forgive: That is the Question

By Beverly Engel L.M.F.T. on March 20, 2008 in The Compassion Chronicles
"I get so tired of people saying that you should forgive. What if you can't? Does that make you less of a person?" As a psychotherapist with over 30 years experience I hear comments like this all the time.

Food Abuse

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 20, 2008 in Cravings
Is there such a thing as a food addiction? Researchers are saying "quite possibly."

How Racist Are You?

By on March 19, 2008 in Credit and Blame at Work
We all take our biases to work with us.
Male Brain vs. Female Brain I

Male Brain vs. Female Brain I

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 17, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Why do men try and figure out their relationships? Why do women talk to their cars?

Prostitution: Older than Man

By Matthew Hutson on March 14, 2008 in Psyched!
In the wake of Spitzergate, many people have wondered whether prostitution really is the oldest profession. Well, not only is it older than prop comedy; it's older than man.
If you want to know what women have been up to...

If you want to know what women have been up to...

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 14, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Another piece of physiological evidence of women’s promiscuity throughout evolutionary history is the precise shape of the human penis and what men do with it.

Ask iGod

By Matthew Hutson on March 14, 2008 in Psyched!
In my last post, I explained how magical thinking might help us navigate cyberspace. But there are several cases where we've already jumped the gun in attributing powers to our tech toys.

On the Internet, Nobody Knows You're a God

By Matthew Hutson on March 14, 2008 in Psyched!
Magical thinking--typically considered an archaic mode of cognition that populates the world with animistic forces, hidden dimensions, and evocative incantations--may actually serve us well in the future as we navigate an existence increasingly mediated by digital information.

An evolutionary psychological view

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 11, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Here's a different take on the very timely (and timeless) question that Peter D. Kramer poses and answers in his last post: "Why would a politician endanger everything—family, career, and reputation—for naughty, illicit sexual excitement?"

That's My Baby! (Or My Baby's Baby)

By Peter D Kramer on March 09, 2008 in In Practice
Cosmetic neurology? The New York Times “Week in Review” devotes front page space to the possibility and quotes Anjan Chatterjee, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, as the authority. The particular example of enhancement that interests the Times is the use of stimulants to improve concentration or mental quickness, for such challenges as test-taking in school. But—why the new phrase? Aren’t we talking here about cosmetic psychopharmacology?

The Wimps Checklist

By Hara Estroff Marano on March 07, 2008 in Brainstorm
Like lovers, parents must always negotiate a fine line between nurturing and controlling. But many parents these days step way over the line into controlling, engineering their children’s lives from an early age.

Lost in Translation

By Matthew Hutson on March 05, 2008 in Psyched!
In 1937, a long-lost Vermeer was revealed at auction, heralded by experts as one of the Dutch painter's greatest works. Only it wasn't a Vermeer at all. A man named Han van Meegeren had produced this and many other expensive forgeries. Once he stepped forward, their value dropped like the jaws on his customers. Why?

Beware Geeks Bearing Gifts

By Matthew Hutson on March 03, 2008 in Psyched!
Open source projects are like high-tech barn-raising. There's been some recent and salacious speculation on the motivations of Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, but what motivates us mortals to contribute to open source enterprises? And do people who write code for software projects like Firefox have different drives than people who contribute content to projects like Wikipedia?

The returning soldier effect III: Are more boys being born right now?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on March 02, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Does the “returning soldier effect” mean that there are more boys currently being born because we are in a war right now? Probably not.

Comme les bananes

By Peter D Kramer on March 02, 2008 in In Practice
Before we get to depression, disease or fit response to the human condition, before we get to Prozac, too much or too little . .

Chemistry with Conan

By Matthew Hutson on March 01, 2008 in Psyched!
Based on a friend's tip, I just watched a YouTube clip of Christina Ricci's interview on Conan last night. It includes what I believe to be not only the best plug for Psychology Today but the best explanation of the major immunohistocompatibility complex (MHC) that a Hollywood starlet has even given on a late night talk show.

The returning soldier effect II: Why are taller soldiers more likely to survive battle?

By Satoshi Kanazawa on February 28, 2008 in The Scientific Fundamentalist
Why do taller soldiers have greater chance of survival in war? This is still a puzzle, and I don’t have a definitive answer. But there are some possibilities.

Apologia for an Obsession with Serial Killers

By Kaja Perina on February 28, 2008 in Brainstorm
Twisted sexual fantasies, gruesome crimes scenes, evil incarnate...there are few interests more seemingly prurient than a healthy person's obsession with serial killers. Yet these violent tableaux are the least of it.

The Onion Gets It Right, Volume 1

By Matthew Hutson on February 28, 2008 in Psyched!
We all know most jokes have a kernel of truth. On the train this morning I spotted two in the following headline from The Onion: "Man Who Should Be President Has Asymmetrical Eyebrows"

Fear and Loathing: On The Campaign Trail '08

By Matthew Hutson on February 26, 2008 in Psyched!
Last month I asked Harry Frankfurt, author of On Bullshit, about instances of malarkey in the news. He provided a juicy example.

Hunter the Bullfighter

By Matthew Hutson on February 25, 2008 in Psyched!
Recently I saw a short lecture titled "Not Always BS: A Simple Explanation of Statistics." That's funny, because there was some BS.