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Are We Alone in the Universe?

By Michael Chorost Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in World Wide Mind
Scientists disagree radically on whether there is life Out There, let alone intelligent life. Here I survey a few intriguing and provocative recent books.

How To Get Lucky

Do you consider yourself lucky or unlucky? Ever wondered what's behind your run of good or bad fortune? Here's the secret to having things go your way.

Picking the Right Brain State for the Job

The brain is like an instrument we can tune for the job at hand. Our emotions are the keyboard we play in tuning our brains.

"I Would Pay Someone To Have Sex With My Husband"

By Pamela Madsen on April 21, 2011 in Shameless Woman
Are you done with having sex? Are you so done with it - that you would offer up your beloved to take his or her sexual energy elsewhere so that you could have an uninterrupted night sleep? Is the very idea of making love so unappealing to you that you would do anything to avoid it?

Child Custody II: Fred and Ally Go to War

"In the mad world of custody warfare, such findings are explosive. Custody combat’s prime directives are to keep children out of the crossfire and to create “facts on the ground,” since courts don’t like to disrupt existing arrangements. So, in no-holds-barred custody battle, parties try to portray their opponents as putting the kids in the middle ..."

Let Air Traffic Controllers Nap

You can fight the nature of human nature just so long. People need rest like they need food. Air traffic controllers should be allowed controlled naps - so they'll be alert enough not to make mistakes.

Rabbit Hole: Treatment for Grief

By Jeremy Clyman Psy.D on April 21, 2011 in Reel Therapy
"Rabbit Hole" follows a healthy suburban couple, Howie (Aaron Eckhart) and Becca (Nicole Kidman), who struggle to transition into a new life that no longer includes their cute-as-can-be four year-old son.

Obama's Search for his Mother

By Stanton Peele on April 21, 2011 in Addiction in Society
President Obama's upbringing -- especially his early and utter separation from his father -- has been the subject of much analysis, not least of all by himself. But, lately, attention is turning to the woman who made him the man that he is -- his unique mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

Glory Feminism

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Rethinking Men
A recent issue of Newsweek celebrated International Women's Day with portraits of "150 Women Who Shake the World." Though "save" might be a better word than "shake," for these are inspirational women who do so much good for all of us.

Living Below the JND (the "Just Noticeable Difference"): Psychophysics in Everyday Life

How to live below the JND: One's iPod is based on psychophysics research

When's The Best Time To Get A "Yes"?

By Harry Beckwith J.D. on April 21, 2011 in Unthinking
Does the time of day significantly influence our decisions? And if it does, what does this tell us about the ideal times to ask for a raise, a contract, or a date?

Matzoh or Jellybeans? Sometimes Kids Aren't Asking What We Think They Are

By Wednesday Martin Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Stepmonster
While there may be no easy answers about questions like "Matzoh, chocolate eggs, or both?" in interfaith households, grappling with two religions may not be as complicated for children as some adults fear

What to Do About Negative Conversations

By Marcia Reynolds Psy.D. on April 21, 2011 in Wander Woman
Lately, dark clouds seem to consume all the conversations with my friends. Is talking about terrible things useful? It can be, if you have the courage to be optimistic in the eye of the storm. Here are three tips for turning a negative conversation into a positive experience.

Proof that religious wording isn't "secular" or "benign"

By David Niose on April 21, 2011 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religion rarely brings a pluralistic society together. When it's used in the public square, it's much more likely to create division and animosity.

Conversations on Creativity with Darold Treffert, Part VI: W

Darold Treffert, M.D. was a technical consultant to the award-winning movie "Rain Man" that made "autistic savant" household terms. In this sixth part, Dr. Treffert on what savants reveal about the nature and nurture of intelligence, creativity, and greatness.

Wolves, political stupidity, and fear-mongering: Wolves are a clear and present danger

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on April 21, 2011 in Animal Emotions
"They're killers, they do it for sport, and then they leave their victim still alive for a lingering death." So claims Idaho state representative Lenore Barrett, who conveniently ignores the fact that there hasn't been an attack on a human since wolves were reintroduced in 1995.

Why You Can Hate the One You Love

Do you seem to always hurt the ones you love? Do you ever fear that you feel that sometimes you act as if you hate them? Four reasons are addressed here that may help answer this dilemma.