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.

More Posts on Ethics and Morality

Of Gods and Burqas: on Seeing a Student in a Burqa

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
We are losing the fight between religion and both science and morality. The ghost of Orwell smiles.
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There Are Choices No One Should Ever Have to Face

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in I'm Only Human
The American Health Care Act might seem attractive because it would offer people choices. But it would actually force some people to choose between two unthinkable options.

How Authoritarians Leaders Get Away with It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 01, 2017 in Ambigamy
Authoritarian followers for whatever cause and however motivated, treat life as perfectly manageable with machine-like habits of thought.

Wonder Woman in the Ring: MMA Fighter Sarah Kaufman

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Mixed martial arts fighter Sarah Kaufman shares thoughts on life in the ring and the importance of role models like Wonder Woman.

Is It Ever Okay to Lie to Your Lover?

Healthy relationships are built upon a foundation of trust. However, it is surprisingly easy to be deceptive in an intimate relationship. Can you be honest and still be kind?

Please Don’t Call Me “Hon”

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
When strangers call me “Hon” or “Dear,” I am not pleased. They may not realize it, but it sounds both sexist and ageist to me.

How the Police Create Monsters

By Scott A. Bonn Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in Wicked Deeds
State managers, including law enforcement authorities and politicians, define who and what is evil in our society.

Behave Yourself: Moral Behavior and Conformity

By Eyal Winter Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Feeling Smart
Should we induce our kids to conform?

The American Law Institute Revises the Model Penal Code

New revisions to the Model Penal Code continue the archaic dominance of "just deserts" and retributivism.

Don't Ask!

I’ve written about how professors might respond, or NOT respond, to student questions. Today I want discuss one kind of question professors shouldn’t ASK: GWOMM questions.

Christianity Is Dying in the United Kingdom

Latest study shows that Christianity in Britain is in deep decline.

Be the One

This is not a drill: As right-wing totalitarian governments try to take over the world, it's up to us to do something. Let's grab our capes.

The Best Preparation for Marriage

Great relationships aren’t discovered; they are created.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.

Growing Up in a False Reality

Seeking artificial validation not only results in addictive, destructive behaviors, it also displaces the very experiences that would otherwise offer us authentic validation.

The Choices We Make Create History, So Choose Wisely

One of the infinite number of choices we make is how we deal with conflicts and disputes.

The Age of Dissociation

We are past the point of anxiety, and our defenses are maxed out.

Trump and the Psychology of Pro Wrestling

How does Donald Trump uses wrestling tactics to get ahead? This article on the psychology of pro wrestling sheds some light on our "heel-in-chief."

Ethics and Trust at Work

Avoiding wrongdoing isn't the same as doing what's right when it comes to building trust at work. Neither is quiet compliance.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.

Bible Belief in Decline

Belief in the bible continues to plummet.

Can You Know Your True Self?

How do you access your True Self? How is the True Self defined and does it have significance in your life?

Doubt

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in How To Do Life
19 issues we shouldn't be so sure about.

Ethical Love

Love or Luck?Would you like to be betrayed, forgotten, or abandoned for other younger and more divine bodies?

Think Positive? The Pressure to Be Happy

Happiness isn’t just a feeling; it’s a way of being in the world.

The Firing of Comey and the Empathy Gap

Are you as perceptive as you believe?

Veterinary Ethics: Life & Death Decisions in the Real World

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 10, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Making decisions about animal suffering in a wide variety of venues isn't easy, and doing the "right" thing can be extremely trying. Veterinarians need to be trained in ethics.

Promotion and Relegation for Soccer in the USA

The United States should play the world's game the world's way. We need promotion and relegation to truly compete with the world's best at the beautiful game.

The Victim Is To Blame

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 08, 2017 in Am I Right?
There is a reason why some blame the victim: it is a matter of their moral system.