Essential Reads

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

College athletics can be an excellent venue to nurture ethics and character.

Freedom and Its Consequences

Everything we do matters, without exception.

Paging Dr. Ben Carson: Homophobia Calling

Homophobia, the shadow, and the problem of projection

Not Just About the Psychologists

The unseen, damaging moral effects from acts of torture.

Recent Posts on Ethics and Morality

Why Narcissism, Greed and Power Go Hand in Hand

By Joseph Burgo Ph.D. on October 05, 2015 Shame
Modern day America has been characterized as both a New Gilded Age and a Culture of Narcissism. It is no coincidence that these two critiques have arisen at the same time.

It Hurts to Be Left Out. Does it Also Hurt the Rejecter?

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on October 04, 2015 Off the Couch
Researchers have provided evidence for what you and I already know – being ostracized, or ignored or excluded by a group to which we would like to belong or have already been part of is not good for our psyches or our souls. But what about the ostracizers? Do they get off scot free? Or does something happen to them as well.

Cooperation and the public good

Social scientists differ about the relative virtues of top-down verses peer-to-peer actions to secure public goods like clean water and air and safe foods and pharmaceuticals. Recent decision experiments suggest that in modern societies, both dimensions are necessary, and that they’re complementary to each other.

Social Engineer Gun Violence or Accept the Consequences.

We have made the country safer by socially engineering car safety as well as other issues related to smoking, vaccinations, and various consumer protections. Other developed countries have much better track records regarding gun safety than we do. Perhaps taking a page from their playbook isn’t such a bad idea if we have the will to do so.

What Men Need to Play With—It's Not Guns

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on October 02, 2015 As You Like It
With each new mass shooting, we've allowed the NRA to further its agenda. We've allowed it to use senseless tragedy after tragedy to help our gun culture flourish.

What is the Role of a Judge?

Can a Judge be trusted to identify the inappropriateness of her own bias? What checks and balances are in place for unprincipled judges?

Four Ways to Foster Ethics in College Athletics

With appropriate attention and desire, college athletics can be an excellent venue for nurturing ethical behavior and character formation. It really doesn't take that much time or money to make it happen. But will colleges make it a priority?

Cosmetic Vaginal Surgery Ignores Women's Mental Health

The promise of a "perfect vagina" generates enormous wealth at women's expense.

Does the Meat-Animal Suffering Link Impact Views of Animals?

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 The Big Questions
How do people resolve not wanting to harm animals, but enjoying meat?

Freedom and Its Consequences

In his book Freedom Evolves, the philosopher Daniel Dennett tells about a young father who forgot to drop off his infant daughter at her day-care center on his way to work. She spent the day locked in his car in a hot parking lot. When he returned to his car, she was still strapped into her little car seat in the back seat, dead.

Students: Microaggression and Trigger-Warnings

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 30, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
Folie à Plusieurs in the 21st Century!

Political Correctness Gone Mad

By Leon Pomeroy Ph.D. on September 29, 2015 Beyond Good and Evil
The thinking we do when we don't think about the thinking we do: microaggressions and trigger-warnings:

Homo Sapiens 2.0

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Excellent Beauty
Humans' religious proclivities help make human existence into a mass extinction event. The best way to solve this problem is to build the better angels of our nature — our machine replacements — and then usher in our own extinction, leaving Earth in better hands.

Is This the Kind of Country We Want to Be?

By Allen J Frances M.D. on September 28, 2015 Saving Normal
"Fraud, Theft, Waste and Private Profits: The Fate of Money Intended to Treat People With Serious Mental Illness” is an shocking report exposing a disastrous misallocation of resources that leads to shameful neglect, avoidable imprisonment, and massive homelessness.

The Devil? Seriously?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 The Secular Life
A majority of Americans believe in the devil. Why?

People Cheat at the End of Sequences

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Ulterior Motives
A growing amount of research demonstrates that most people consider themselves to be honest, and yet—given the chance—they will take an opportunity to cheat a little in their favor. People fudge time sheets to add a little extra time that they did not actually work. They don’t always pay for coffee at the company break room.

Your Fitbit Is Ruining Your Relationship With Your Body

By Nicole Avena Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Food Junkie
Why obsessively tracking your health isn't so healthy after all

What Does the Family Foster: A Lovable or Unlovable Self?

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 27, 2015 Moral Landscapes
Pope Francis said that “family life as the place where we come to learn the meaning and value of human relationships.” The sense of self is built there and carried forward into the rest of life. Will the child build a sense of being lovable? Or will the individual forever feel inadequate, self-loathing or unlovable?

Best Ethics Ever?

I’m puttin’ out the call. No money needed (I make a lot of money as a college professor….). Just stories. Reply to this blog with stories of professors (or others) who went above and beyond in a way that exemplified competence, respect, justice, prudence, integrity, beneficence, or some other ethical principle or virtue.

Total Mind Control, Possible?

In the dark and sinister underworld of spies and madmen many things are possible. So, has hypnosis been used to program people to do something illegal or even diabolical?

Two Reasons to Pursue Virtue

By Michael W Austin on September 24, 2015 Ethics for Everyone
Many people do not associate virtue and good character with joy and better relationships with others. But virtue is connected with these, and because of this we have good reason to pursue a life of virtue.

Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

Compared to traditional religions, naturalistic philosophies aren't very good at providing a transcendent meaning of life. Does this ruin their ability to complete with religion?

Pope Francis for President? The Master of One-Downmanship

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2015 Just Listen
Of course that’s not going to happen. But there’s something about the Pontiff that is touching a nerve in many people—Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Why Planned Parenthood is an Exceptionally Worthy Charity

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 24, 2015 How To Do Life
Make politicians' efforts to eviscerate Planned Parenthood backfire!

Paging Dr. Ben Carson: Homophobia Calling

The simple truth—that being gay is an expression of nature’s beauty, truth, and love—is not available to a mind closed by orthodoxy. Instead, our gay sisters and brothers are projected upon and viewed as sick and dangerous. Here's some light to illuminate the shadow of Carson's thinking.

Maintaining Self-Control With a Superior

Are you struggling with a disrespectful supervisor? These tips can help you.

Not Just About the Psychologists

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Afterwar
What are the moral effects of torture and depersonalization? A discussion with a psychiatrist and retired Army brigadier general.

Yintimidation: Bullying The "Nice" Way

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Ambigamy
We associate bullying with yang or macho behavior, but that's not the only way to bully

Video Games Impact Your Feelings in Real Life

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 The Squeaky Wheel
With an estimated 59% of the population playing video games, it’s time we paid more attention to their psychological impact.

Buying a Pig in a Poke

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 21, 2015 Hive Mind
What psychologists might say about the David Cameron initiation story.