Essential Reads

Self-Absorption: The Root of All (Psychological) Evil?

If you’ve ever been called self-absorbed, you can be sure you weren’t getting a compliment. So why is it so easy to fall into the pit of obsessive rumination?

Unattended Children, Harm, and the Nature of Moral Judgment

New research explains why people are quick to condemn those who leave their children unattended.

Should Academic Achievement Be the Primary Goal of Education

We spend huge amounts of money determining whether schools are teaching academic material successfully. But is that the most important task for schools? Maybe not.

What Do You Hear? Clinton, Trump, and Their Predecessors

By Gregg R. Murray Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in Caveman Politics
What do you hear Hillz and the Donald saying? Do the data say the same thing?

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Farm Animal Suffering Leaves a Bad Taste In Your Mouth

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Animals and Us
In a series of recent experiments, researchers found that whether we think animals were raised humanely or on a factory farm affects the way their meat tastes.

Weird Beliefs

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
You have some weird beliefs, beliefs that do not fit well with all your other everyday beliefs. To you, though, these beliefs are not weird at all. What explains this?

Is Committing Rape Just Making a Mistake?

Why are young male athletes getting away with sexually assaulting girls? Entitlement is part of the answer.

A Pastor Walks Into a Room Full of Atheists

What do you think would happen when a United Methodist pastor walks into a room full of atheists? The answer might surprise you!

Should We Want a President Who Can’t or Won’t Lie?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Face It!
When it comes to lies, they are not all created equal. At what point do we accept that some lies are beneficial, especially when it comes to our leaders?

Caregiving

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Life After 50
Is taking take of an elderly parent making you feel guilty no matter how much you do?

Is Neuroscience Today's Phrenology?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on August 22, 2016 in Am I Right?
To reject the findings of science is to choose stupidity; to reject the liberal arts is to choose an immature heart.
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Our Anger Crisis: Anger Elevates Us By Pulling Others Down?

By Michael Cholbi Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in Ethics in Question
Injustice tells the world that wrongdoers and their victims are not moral equals. Can anger and retribution symbolically restore their equality?

Leadership Lessons From The Godfather

What can a movie about mafia bosses and gangsters teach us about leadership?

Siena’s Sublimation of Neighborhood Rivalries

By Molly S. Castelloe Ph.D. on August 22, 2016 in The Me in We
The palio horserace shows the social significance of sacrifice and the sublimation of group rivalries.

The Lessons of Homelessness

Are you tired of the same old rhetoric about homelessness? Here is a different way to view the problem of homelessness.

Dangerous Thoughts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 21, 2016 in How To Do Life
Things that are hard to say, even to our diary.

Blame It on Rio Part 2

Ryan Lochte’s false reporting about a minor incident in Rio has put a blemish on the otherwise awesome 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Should he be forgiven?

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Graduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 18, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific fields from biomedicine to psychology are a mess. How bad? No one really knows. Maybe it is not that bad. Maybe it is awful.
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Alluring Brain Science: Stale, Creative Ferment or Both?

Brain science is complex and fast developing. Is it providing the answers we need quickly enough?

A Letter to Aliens

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
A description of earthlings that might help us examine ourselves.

George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language” at 70

Seventy years ago, between Animal Farm and 1984, George Orwell published his famous essay, Politics and the English Language—a work that has relevance for our upcoming election.

Being Something vs. Doing Something

If the ancient world was over-personalized, than today personal and family life face the threat of becoming ‘professionalized.’

Indoctrinating Children

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
Cartoon movies start anti-male propaganda with the very young.

Psychology of Scientific Integrity: Undergraduate Syllabus

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on August 12, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Psychological science is a mess. How bad of a mess? No one knows. Here is the actual syllabus for my undergraduate course, The Psychology of Scientific Integrity.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

By Neel Burton M.D. on August 11, 2016 in Hide and Seek
Emotional intelligence is, in fact, a kind of virtue.

New Strategy Thwarts Employees Legal Rights

By Alan A. Cavaiola Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Beyond Bullying
Are the recent trends in arbitration a way of avoiding corporate responsibility?

Who Controls the APA? Hint: Not the Majority of Members

Despite APA members voting to get psychologists out of Guantanamo in 2008, the APA stalled, delayed, and even denied that it could do so. Today, the bobbing and weaving continues.

What Well-Intentioned White People Can Do About Racism

A new civil rights movement is happening with racial justice at its core. The movement has a new language and for many white people this language is foreign.

Parental Alienation Syndrome: Calling Moms Nazis

Do Family Court Judges order children to spend time with high school graduates in hotel rooms, forced to watch Nazi videos, and then have their mothers called Nazis? Yes.

Beating Back Trump's Threat to US Democracy

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 10, 2016 in Saving Normal
Democracy is a precious, but historically infrequent and perilously fragile method of governance. Trump Threatens it and must be stopped.

Cheating and Consensual Non-Monogamy

People can cheat before, during, and after consensual non-monogamous relationships. This cheating can be emotional and/or physical, involving lying or broken safer sex agreements.

America's Obsession With Winners and Losers

By Ray Williams on August 09, 2016 in Wired for Success
America has an obsession with defining success and happiness by winners and losers. This attitude and behavior permeates everything from sports to politics and business.

New Book: Why Knowing Fact From Fiction Really Does Matter

By Jennifer Haupt on August 08, 2016 in One True Thing
In confronting the difficult problems America faces, we all need to have a point of view... a sense of how the world works, and the ability to distinguish solutions from rhetoric.

Political Progress for Nonreligious Americans

By David Niose on August 07, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Secular Americans have struggled to tear down the "fence of piety" around the political realm. And now they're making progress.