Socially-Strategic Welfare

Cross-national differences in beliefs about welfare appear to be generated by the same underlying psychology. If you want to get people to agree on welfare, you need to get to them agree about the recipients.

Phrasing The Question: Does Altruism Even Exist?

Are humans really altruistic, or is this question actually several questions confusing phrased as one?

The Implicit Assumptions Test

A recent meta-analysis claims that implicit measures of racial attitudes aren't predicting much of anything. If their predictive value is so bad, why do people seem to hold them in such high regard?

Quid Pro Quo

Why are men upset when they land in the friendzone and why don't dinner guests pay their hosts for meals? If only exchange relationships could be made more explicit such problems might be avoided, yet many relationships do not opt for transparency. Why is that?

Some Thoughts On Side-Taking

People become involved in the disputes of others for a number of reasons: mutual interest, kinship, reciprocal reciprocity, and, sometimes, because of their behavior. The last item on that list is a rather curious one.

Moral Stupefaction

Some research has claimed that people are often found to be "morally dumbfounded", unable to explain their moral judgments with good reasons. The same research also suggests that people moralize "harmless" actions. While that may be true in some cases, in others the fault may reside within what researchers are counting as "good reasons" and "harm".

Charitable Interpretations Were Never My Strong Suit

We attribute motives to other people to try and predict their behavior accurately; we also attribute motives to other people to try and make them look insane, stupid, and/or evil. Guess which one of those goals disagreement tends to bring out?

An Eye For Talent

How well does the peer-review system serve science?

Why Do People Care About Race?

Given that humans were unlikely to have traveled far enough to encounter different races over our evolutionary history, the emphasis our mind can place on race seems a bit curious. Why might we attend to race as much as we do, and when might we stop noticing?

#HandsUp (Don’t Press The Button)

Many people have been making the claim recently that police are quicker to deploy deadly force against black populations. Some new experimental evidence suggests that those people might have been too quick to deploy such statements.

Bonding (Physically) With Same-Sex Individuals

A new papers suggests that homoerotic behavior functions to bond same-sex friends closer together. I remain skeptical.

Biases Of Boys Or Girls Being Coy?

Are women just being friendly or are they flirting? It depends who you ask...

I Reject Your Fantasy and Substitute My Own

A new doll purports to help girls stop focusing on their bodies. It accomplishes this exclusively by getting girls to focus on its body.

Are Consequences of No Consequence? Part 2

Three papers which cast doubt on the idea that certain moral rules cannot be violated, regardless of the consequences

Are Consequences of No Consequence?

Is nonconsequentialism an actual feature of our moral psychology, or have reports of nonconsequentialism been somewhat exaggerated?

Keeping It Topical: That Catcalling Video

A new viral video purports to document the frequency of harassment faced by women on the city streets. There are intellectual dangers when it comes to treating viral videos as research or evidence for a particular conclusion, however.

Lots And Lots Of Hand-Wringing

When people feel ideas are false...because of the implication.

#DERP Syndrome

A new book by Robert Kurzban and Jason Weeden explains why demographic self-interest is a useful way to explain why people support the policies they do, no matter how much we insist otherwise.

Honorable Violence

A new paper on combat helps explain some of the curious facets of violent aggression found on Game of Thrones

He’s Got Your Eyes…Right?

Why are people likely to say that children tend to resemble their father?

Understanding Male Investment In Children

Males in our species often take care of children; a rather unique thing for mammals. We should avoid assuming the sole reason for doing so is that they are inherently interested in the idea, though.

“There Are No Girls On The Internet”

With 4chan in the news recently - owing to the celebrity nude leak - I wanted to examine another output from the site. Hopefully, we can all learn something about how to think about internet harassment from it.

Perverse Punishment

Why are some people interested in punishing those who contribute to everyone's well-being?

Just Say No, And Be Sure To Mean It

I hereby state that I have consciously, voluntarily, and affirmatively consented to write this post

Some Fuss Over Sperm Competition: A Follow-Up

Some new data examining how the potential risk of sperm competition might affect the frequency of sex in relationships.

Is Morality All About Being Fair?

On the theoretical dangers of conflating "morality" with "fairness", or "altruism", or "empathy", or...

Making Your Business My Business, Part 2

Under what circumstances might people find it wrong for me to buy something with my own money?

Not-So-Shocking Results About People Shocking Themselves

A recent study found that people sometimes administer an unpleasant shock to themselves when they are asked to entertain themselves with only their thoughts. The shocking thing about those results is that anyone finds them terribly surprising.

Is There Any Evidence That Porn Is Harmful to Relationships?

Recently, it was claimed that pornography has some negative effects on relationship stability. The evidence for that claim couldn't be weaker.

Some Free Consulting Advice for Improving Online Dating

A modest (and simple) proposal for improving the experiences of men and women everywhere on online dating.