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Deepak Chopra Takes on Experimental Philosophy

How do people understand the 'true self'? Recent research has gone after this question with systematic experimental studies. Deepak Chopra has argued that this research is misguided.

How Does School Wound? Kirsten Olson Has Counted Some Ways

By Peter Gray on June 28, 2011 in Freedom to Learn
In her book "Wounded by School," Kirsten Olson identifies seven ways by which school can produce lifelong wounds. What lasting emotional effects--positive or negative--has school had on you? How is school currently affecting your children or others whom you love?

Peeling Bananas

By Michael F. Kay on June 28, 2011 in Financial Life Focus
Even monkeys know how to learn at the breakfast table.

Want to Know What Burgers and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature?

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
I am very pleased to report that my trade book, THE CONSUMING INSTINCT, is now available. Please read on for early reviews and media interviews, as well as several photos of satisfied readers.

Why Can't This Just Be Funny?

Learning to laugh during difficult times... ah, not an easy task.

Are You a Natural Born Leader or Manager?

Imagine being at an interview for a high-level job, and being asked to provide a syringe of blood, or a cheek swab. It's not to test you for illicit drugs but to analyse your DNA.

Therapist Waiting Room Etiquette

By Ryan Howes PhD, ABPP on June 28, 2011 in In Therapy
The waiting room is more than a showcase of your therapist’s interior design skills (or lack thereof). It’s more than a place to sample muzak or white noise. It’s more than a room to wait. What are the do's and don'ts?

Sextraversion

A scientific look at sexually unfaithful personalities.

Morality: Cui Bono? Part 2

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in Cui Bono
There are no moral truths. We engage in ethical discussions, not to seek moral truths, but to advance our own interests. Engaging in ethical discussions only sometimes advances the interests of other people.

Fighting the Fear of Flying

A phobia, which is classified as an anxiety disorder, arises when a person has a bad experience involving the feared thing or place.

Why Do Some Songs Stick in Our Minds Forever?

By Anneli Rufus on June 28, 2011 in Stuck
The songs we knew when young are powerful tools: not so different in function from enchantment, brainwashing, psychedelics or time machines. But how do they acquire this power? How and why are certain songs seemingly imprinted on our brains?

Inside the minds, and trials, of murderers

Why do murder cases become the target of our national news obsessions? When murder stories jump into the headlines, they can preoccupy us for months, if not years. We seem readily drawn into the sensationalism of these high-profile cases, yet we don't often think about the larger issues faced by victims.

A National Census of Mixed Breed Dogs

Direct genetic testing of over 36,000 mixed breed dogs reveals who their parents really were.

Limits in Human Imagination

By Adam Alter on June 28, 2011 in Alternative Truths
For all its sophistication, our capacity to imagine alternative states is far from perfect. Even our deepest imaginings fall far short of complete immersion, and we're always left in psychological limbo somewhere between the present and a loosely sketched alternative.

13 Signs Your Online Friendship is Turning Sexy

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in Friendship 2.0
Even garden-variety friendships with no romantic past can morph into something sexier online. Whether it's an ex, a colleague, or a supposed "just friend," here are some warning signs that your friendship is becoming sexually charged.

Achieving Happiness: Advice from Augustine

By Michael W Austin on June 28, 2011 in Ethics for Everyone
What would a medieval era philosopher and theologian have to say that is relevant to those of us living 16 centuries after his death? Surprisingly, perhaps, quite a bit. His thought is rich with wisdom that is relevant to us today, whether or not we share his particular religious perspective. Here, I discuss one of his primary thoughts about the good life.

Giving Relationships a Second Chance

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in The Squeaky Wheel
I frequently get calls from couples seeking counseling after a period of separation. Separations are always challenging as are reunions, but they also provide an opportunity for couples to reboot their relationship and start anew.

Things You Can Do from the Bed

Little did I know ten years ago, that my bedroom would become my home. I had a difficult time adjusting to my world becoming smaller and smaller, but I’ve slowly made peace with this new life. Here’s a list of things you can do from the bed, although the list applies equally to life from the couch or the recliner...

Parenting: Note to Parents: Let Kids be Kids

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in The Power of Prime
The bottom line with children's birthdays these days is that many parents seem to be really out of touch with what their kids need and want, what constitutes fun for children, and what makes kids happy.

An atheist out on a ledge: Will he jump?

By David Niose on June 28, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
In The Ledge, an atheist protagonist grapples with morality, life, love and death, breaking new demographic ground for Hollywood.

Why we prefer visionary leaders

By Art Markman Ph.D. on June 28, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
In the United States, the Presidential election cycle is gearing back up again. Candidates are presenting themselves as leaders for the future. Why do people prefer visionary leaders?

Parental Alienation Is Emotional Abuse of Children

Should children be allowed to choose one parent over the other? Not if they are being abused.

The Future of the American Mind (Hint: Nurse Ratched Wins)

By Stanton Peele on June 28, 2011 in Addiction in Society
Marcia Angell paints a horrifying picture of pharmaceutical psychiatry in America, and of how both medicine and Americans at large are so much in its throes that there is no hope for redemption.