Ethics and Morality Essential Reads

The Knee-Jerk Apologist

Why do some people apologize for everything?

Free Speech and Thought on Campus

Whatever one's views are concerning politics, ethics, and religion, we should engage in discussion, dialogue, and debate about these issues.

Sticking With Your Goals

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in Trust
If you're struggling to achieve your goals, try recruiting a little help from your friends.
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Four Talks to Change How You Think about the Refugee Crisis

When it comes to engaging the complex issues surrounding the global refugee crisis, listening to those with experience and expertise is essential.
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Globalization and Work: Have We Learned Anything Yet?

Free trade raises GDP but has its losers as well as its winners. It’s time to exchange the “winners could compensate losers” slogan for a “winners must compensate losers” policy.

Blame: A Not So Guilty Pleasure

By Mark Alicke Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in Why We Blame
Everyone tells us that blame is a sin and to forgive is divine. Think again.

Pain, Suffering, Basic Humanity

As a life-saving alarm system, pain keeps us focused on distress, for the purpose of relieving it, that is, pain motivates behavior that will help heal, repair, or improve.
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A State of Organizational Grace

By James Bailey Ph.D. on June 11, 2017 in At the Helm
The two most difficult sentences to utter are "I am sorry" and "You are forgiven."

How Terrorism Changes Us

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in Supersurvivors
The London Bridge attack is the latest terror incident to rock the UK in the past 10 weeks. How are acts of terror changing us?

Ideal Purposes of Schools: Readers Weigh In

By Peter Gray Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Freedom to Learn
About 170 readers responded to my request to describe the ideal purposes of schools. Their responses, taken all together, produce a vision that is worthy of serious consideration.
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Sacrifices, Sacrificial Lambs, and Scapegoats

Mythic origins and contemporary examples of human sacrifice both real and symbolic.

5 Ways to Cope Better with Political Stress Now

To avoid the destructive trajectory of post-election stress disorder, we need to have an active coping plan that highlights best practices.

How to Teach Kids Right From Wrong

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Trust
How to help kids tackle tricky situations.

An Ode to Hospital Chaplains

What are the positive contributions of hospital chaplains on education for nurses and physicians? I add my own ode to the work of hospital chaplains and of health humanities.

Psychology of the Greater Good and the Paris Acccord

Fortunately for us humans, our cognitive capacities allow us to take the greater good deeply into account. When it comes to the environment, we probably should do just that.

Anger and Disgust at Moral Violations

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 30, 2017 in Ulterior Motives
When people respond to immoral acts, they often respond with anger or disgust. Does that mean that these two emotions are really two sides of the same coin?

Why Social Stigma Matters

Hate crimes are on the rise. New research helps to explain why.
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Required Summer Reading

In a landmark study of why human beings believe what they believe and do what they do, Robert Sapolsky demonstrates that brains and cultures evolve; genes don't determine anything.

Dear Students: Go Figure It Out!

When protocols are not the way, and autonomy cannot be taught, there is a simple recipe: get lost, figure it out!

Why Is It So Hard to Be Altruistic?

Cooperation and generosity are the norm, not the exception.
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How Do You See It?

How is it that perfectly reasonable, informed people come to hold opposing views? Ambiguous figures teach unambiguous lessons about perspective taking.

Sex Work and Higher Education: A Mix of Disparate Identities

Recent research on student sex workers shatters societal misconceptions about sex work as connected with pathology and criminality/trafficking.

Stop Looking for Yourself

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Stand Firm
Those who reject the whole find-and-develop-yourself ideology have more chance of putting down roots and living a life with a certain degree of integrity.

Games Master Manipulators Play: Sandbagging

The difficulty of spotting it makes it a reliable tactic.

Privatizing Mental Health Has Led to "Insane Consequences"

By Allen J Frances M.D. on May 02, 2017 in Saving Normal
There is no worse place to have a severe mental illness than the United States. A new book explains why and offers solutions.

Dear Students: No, I Won't Raise Your Grades

When "accommodations" and the tyranny of personalized care impede learning, virtue, and character-strengthening.

The USA Versus the World

For conservatives, the ingroup ends at the border. For liberals, the ingroup spreads across the globe. Here is why.

The Secret to Happiness No One Tells You About

By Rob Henderson on May 01, 2017 in After Service
Are rich people truly happier? The answer will surprise you.

How Brand Challenges Can Build Corporate Character

By Moses Ma on April 30, 2017 in The Tao of Innovation
A key lesson for all companies in the wake of United Airlines’ “re-accommodation” debacle is the realization that character matters in development of your customer experience.