In the interest of intellectual hygiene, I propose a thought experiment for those who have balked at my criticism of the Dalai Lama. Let us consider a text that we might all find troubling. Or will we?
I recommend the book “Brainwashed: The seductive appeal of mindless neuroscience” by Satel & Lilienfeld. In this essay, I focus on one disagreement I have with the authors regarding their conclusion that justice must be retributive.
Finally someone did a study on the prisoner’s dilemma using actual prisoners as participants. Turns out that prisoners are much like university students when it comes to strategic reasoning. Are they not less moral (as I think you might think)?
The decision to trust (vs. not) is recurring and of vital interest. People use all the cues they can get to make this decision, including invalid ones. If we could only tell the difference between the trustworthy and the untrustworthy by just looking at them. But we cannot.
Questions of psychological interest pop up everywhere. My approach to blogging is promiscuous, opportunistic, and heterodox. I comment on a variety of issues, ranging from animal behavior to the human experience of guilt and happiness to philosophy of science. I draw on personal experience, recent public events such as movies or media debacles, and of course the peer-reviewed archive of our field.