This is the last post (for a while) with an Italian title. There is no handy translation for Tutto a Posto. Everything’s fine, a-ok, no worries. But bloggers and other intellectuals worry. I am periodically worried about a page in Kierkegaard that I first read when I was in college. Here’s an update.
Volunteering is typically seen as morally good, and that is a fair perception under most circumstances. But there are some difficulties. Volunteering can undercut one’s peers and it can be hard to hide your intentions when you don’t want to be exploited.
In their new book “The Rational Animal,” Doug Kenrick and Vlad Griskevicius argue that the ancient mammalian mind is smarter than the cortically educated. A bold claim, convincingly made. And then there’s Bishop Tebartz-van Elst.
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)?
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.