A Piagetian Perspective on Hillary's Loss

The 2016 election can be thought of as a Piagetian conservation experiment, in which a voter's task was to judge Hillary's character in the face of damaging e-mail charges

Intelligence and Stupid Behavior

Smart people often do dumb things. Is the explanation due to a failure of logic, or do other factors play a role?

Computers Lack Social Judgment

Optimism about the future of autonomous cars was deal a set-back when a Google auto collided with a bus. A big problem is that the bus driver did not perform as the robot predicted

Foolishness of Using Young Children as Bat Boys

The recent death of a nine-year-old bat boy for a Kansas amateur baseball team is a tragedy that has caused a reexamination of the appropriateness of using young children in a potentially dangerous role. In fact, Major League Baseball adopted a 14 year minimum age requirement after a near tragedy in a 2002 World Series game.

When Lying Is Foolish

Brian Williams is an example of how foolish lying (deception that is unnecessary, and easily detected) can kill a career.

A Foolish Football Call?

Pete Carroll's decision to throw a goal line slant pass, which resulted in a game-ending interception, rather than hand the ball off to bruising running back Marshawn Lynch, is considered by most commenter to have been profoundly foolish. Use of a four-factor foolish action analytic framework, however, suggests it was not as foolish as it appeared to be at the time.

A Foolish, Foolish Man

There are undoubtedly many untold stories about Bill Cosby that have not yet come to light. Here is one of them, about a time when the famous comedian allegedly came on to a high school student.

Violence as Social Incompetence

Violence is a form of social incompetence, in that it usually fails to achieve its goals, sometimes inflicts more damage on the victim than was intended, and often brings about serious negative consequences for the aggressor. The child abuse case involving football player Adrian Peterson is used to illustrate these points.

Is Quackery Okay?

Ethics codes for psychology and related fields have statements about the need to use validated assessment methods, but there are no comparable requirements to use only validated forms of psychotherapy. One explanation is that when it comes to therapy, psychology is a "semi-profession" which lacks a core body of scientific knowledge.

Foolish Ingestion?

Even if one approves of legalizing recreational marijuana sales, one should know the risks of such use both for oneself and for society. A variety of social and physical risks of smoking weed are reviewed, and the conclusion is that these risks are generally acceptable. Edibles are a different story, however.

Foolish Risk in Avalanche Country

Backcountry skiing in the spring involves a certain amount of danger from avalanches. Analysis of fatal avalanche incidents involving groups, can be usefully approached in terms of the author's four-factor model of "foolish action."

Are the Winter Olympics Really Worth Watching?

There are many major events on TV (such as the Oscar's and the Winter Olympics) that are inherently boring, but that everyone watches because they are persuaded that everyone else is watching it. Just ask yourself this question "are you really finding it interesting or are you just watching because you feel like you are supposed to?"

The Preventable Death of Ethan Saylor

A 26-year-old man with Down Syndrome made a scene at a movie theater when he attempted to see a film for a second time without paying. Police initiated a struggle in which the man died. A commission has been established in the state of Maryland to train officers to avoid such a tragedy in the future, but their task is more complicated than one might think.

A Foolish and Barbaric Practice

There are at least seven reasons why psychologists and others should oppose the death penalty. When considering all of these reasons, it is difficult to imagine any thoughtful person supporting a punishment that virtually the rest of the civilized world has rejected.

Foolish Attorneys

Scott Rothstein's fraudulent scheme has two sets of victims: attorneys in his prominent law firm, and investors in phony financial settlements supposedly obtained by the firm.

Foolish Bluntness

Why nice guys often finish first.

Foolish Policy Inspiration

The Tea Party and Ayn Rand

Foolish Non-Transparency

One lesson from the Aurora tragedy.

Foolish Connectivity

Why smartphone addiction can be harmful.