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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.

The 7-Children's-Book MBA

By Jonathan Fields on June 28, 2011 in Awake at the Wheel
Simple fact. Most of what we needed to know to succeed in business we learned on the playground, but now ignore or forget.

Any Suggestions for Ways to Reach Members of the Military and Military Families?

By Gretchen Rubin on June 28, 2011 in The Happiness Project
As I was researching The Happiness Project, I was struck by the fact that I often found it more helpful to read about one person's idiosyncratic happiness project than to read about general principles applying to all humankind or studies applying to large populations.

Refusing to Vaccinate Children

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 28, 2011 in Am I Right?
Withholding vaccinations risks children's health.

Dirty Barbie and Other Dreams

Artists teach us more about being human than anyone else. Here's one woman's journey to self through playwriting, performing and keeping it slow.

Self-Control Inspires Trust

By Matthew Hutson on June 28, 2011 in Psyched!
A new set of findings reveals not only that people can perceive others' chronic and momentary levels of self-control, but that we use this information to judge others' trustworthiness.

The Changing Face of Men

By Vivian Diller Ph.D. on June 27, 2011 in Face It
On the positive side, the increase in plastic surgery among men suggests that they may better understand the anti-aging pressures that women have faced for so many years. On the negative side, the closing of the 'beauty gap' means more men will be joining women as they slide down a potentially precarious—not to mention—costly slippery slope.

Promoting a Genetic Basis for Crime

By Pete Shanks on June 27, 2011 in Genetic Crossroads
An article in the New York Times celebrates a misguided trend toward genetic explanations for crime, even though the experts quoted cite the importance of the social context.