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Are Humans Still Progressing? (And if not, are you worried?)

By Stanton Peele on April 22, 2011 in Addiction in Society
We once could legitimately feel that we would see the end of intolerance, warfare, poverty, the threat to our environment, et al. No more. What kind of a burden will this place on us psychologically? I don't want to worry you, buddy - but it's scary.

The Scourge of Moral Relativism

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on April 22, 2011 in Homo Consumericus
Moral absolutes do exist and one does not need religion to generate these. This is the central tenet in Sam Harris’s latest book. You’d be surprised at the number of intellectuals who disagree with him.

Answers to Creatives Problems Aren't Within - They're Outside

By Jeffrey Davis M.A. on April 22, 2011 in Tracking Wonder
It's Earth Day, and chances are you'll spend hours in front of a digital device and only minutes outdoors. Why would entrepreneurs, creatives & business people need to take a hike or plant a tree to hone their edge? Spending time outdoors could be a key way to expand your creative process - and optimize your creative mind.

Pursuing Greatness: Do We Need Talent, Practice, or Both

What do you need to become great, hard work, talent, or both? The Dan Plan aims to find out.

Artists and Depth Perception

By Art Markman Ph.D. on April 22, 2011 in Ulterior Motives
To see depth in a painting, artists use lots of cues to show the distance of objects. What makes them so good at using these cues?

What it Means to Be Happy Changes As Employees Age

To motivate your employees, both young and old, you'll need to understand how what it means to be happy (and motivating) changes as we age.

The Earth Is Our Mother

Often with April's arrival, I think of the refrain repeated by a Buddhist monk while giving a talk about what should be the root of impartial compassion: our awareness that "the Earth is our Mother." All share the same Mother. My thoughts on Earth Day 2011 lead me to a walker in space, a bartender at the beach, and a child in a third grade classroom.

Instruction Manual for Despots and Dictators: 7 STEPS To Increase Your Power

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on April 22, 2011 in Naturally Selected
Hanging on to absolute power is no easy feat. Just ask Libya's Colonel GADDAFI or Syria's President ASSAD. Here we offer (with tongue firmly in cheek) these helpful tips for a prolonged iron rule. We call them STEPs - strategies to enhance your power base.

Nurturing Bilingualism in Children

Even though many children "just become bilingual", an increasing number of families develop strategies to ensure that their children become bilingual. They also consciously nurture their children's languages over time.

Reality Cubed: Jersey Shore, the Empirical Sciences and Plato

Sure it's not that often that you utter the words "Snooki", "Science" and "Plato" in the same breath. And hopefully you'll never have to again. But each can illuminate a thing or two about this concept that we call "reality". I'll explain. The Jersey Shore, in all of its tan-in-a-can, embrace your inner-guido vulgarity, has become a national phenomenon.

Humbling, horrifying, uplifting and inspiring

By Dennis Rosen M.D. on April 21, 2011 in Sleeping Angels
After coming on staff as a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in 1999, Randy Christensen was given the opportunity to fulfill the dream he’d had since medical school of providing homeless teens with the basic medical care they so desperately needed.

Welcome to the Grief Club: 10 paths toward help, hope and healing

By Pamela Cytrynbaum on April 21, 2011 in Because I'm the Mom
Welcome to the worst club you could ever join. If you're grieving, if you've suffered a profound loss, you're in. Grief does not discriminate. Broken hearted? You're in. So welcome. I'm sorry, genuinely sorry, that you are here, that we are all here. Grief is a lonely journey but you're not alone.

Transmedia Psychology and Innovation

Definitions, like cognitive maps, define our view and in doing so, limit our vision. My view of media psychology is better labeled ‘transmedia multi-psychology.’ Silly? Yes, but media psychology has to address converging technologies, blurring boundaries and shifting psychologies in a world where our basic assumptions are continually changing.

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.