Essential Reads

The Ethics of Libido Manipulation

By David J Ley Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Women Who Stray
New technology and research suggests that we may one day soon be able to effectively and non-invasively alter sexual libido. This raises tremendous ethical challenges.

Post-Election Vertigo

By Christopher Lane Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Side Effects
What the feeling of dislocation can teach us about these unsettling times.

Cheat to Keep or Cheat to Reap?

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Consumed
Are people more likely to behave unethically to avoid falling behind or to get ahead? New research has the answer.

Where Does Our Moral Sense Come From?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on November 29, 2016 in Talking Apes
Our intuitive morality may have been shaped not by the day-to-day dilemmas we face but rather by the opinions of others.

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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Since power can be used not only to serve yourself, but to silence those who object to how you use it, self-aggrandizement and corruption are endemic.

Speaking Truth to Power: An Interview With Peter Buffett

By Mark Matousek on December 03, 2016 in Ethical Wisdom
The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett talks about the enigma of Trump and the antidote to greed.

Quick Takes

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 02, 2016 in How To Do Life
My tweets that might most interest you.

What Would You Do, Really?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 01, 2016 in How To Do Life
12 dilemmas that may give you clarity about who you really are

The Dangerous “Reveries” of HBO's Westworld Series

By Amy Fries on November 28, 2016 in The Power of Daydreaming
What do Stephen Hawking and HBO's new series Westworld have in common? Dire warnings of ways in which artificial intelligence can learn to out-maneuver us.

Morally Decent Trump Supporters

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
I don’t believe that Donald Trump is the answer to what ails us, but neither do I believe that the way forward is to demonize all of his supporters.

To Punish or to Teach?

How we handle mistakes can make a difference.

4 Questions to Ask Before Wearing a Safety Pin

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Considering wearing a safety pin? Make sure to ask these 4 questions to avoid the hidden dangers of wearing the pin!

Should Assisted Suicide Be Available to Everyone?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Suicide tourism to Switzerland has doubled. Understandably.

Writing the Truth With Empathy and Ethics

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on November 26, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
Rebecca Skloot’s masterpiece on Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa story is also a study in the difficult art of sticking to the facts.
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When Robots Reign: Getting Along with Robo Sapiens

Immortality lies not in identifying with any one model of Homo or Robo Sapiens, but in participating in the progression.

Changing Minds on Meat Eating

Effective animal advocacy is turning to empirical research for guidance.

Fear and Voting

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
We all live in groups defined by shared fears, and shared ways of allaying those fears. Our fears therefore function as shibboleths. And thus my fears are invisible to you.

A Holiday Game For Talking Politics

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in Ambigamy
Here's the first draft of a game designed to be challenging, honest, respectful, and fair that anyone serious about their moral principles should be happy to play.

Universal Children’s Day Compels Us to Look Into a Mirror

By Rita Watson MPH on November 20, 2016 in With Love and Gratitude
If we look at reports from the American Psychological Association and the Children’s Defense Fund, it appears we are failing our children.

Listen, Carefully

By Josephine Ensign DrPH on November 18, 2016 in Catching Homelessness
What does it mean for health care providers to label patients as "difficult"? How do we listen more carefully to illness narratives?

The Emotional Coherence of Donald Trump

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Hot Thought
Voting decisions are based more on emotional coherence with values than on rational choice. Value maps of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton supporters display their appeal.

Why Are We So Divided?

By Katherine Hawley Ph.D. on November 18, 2016 in Trust
Sometimes we prefer not to know about the problems faced by other people.

The Science Reform Effort and Its Discontents

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
A controversial essay by a former President of the Association for Psychological Science has evoked trenchant responses from science writers around the web.

Doctors Write a Letter to Their Patients in the Trump Era

By J. Wesley Boyd M.D., Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in Almost Addicted
In this new and uncertain time in American history, we physicians feel a special responsibility to reaffirm basic principles of health and human rights

Applying The Scientific Method To Charity

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Want to make sure your generous gifts make a real difference? Here are some ways to do so!

Why Trump Won and What Psychology Says We Can Do About It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in Ambigamy
Drop the moral outrage. It's not working. They're not doing politics or morality, they're pretending to be infallible and invincible, and it's working – for now. Try this instead.

The Drug Enforcement Agency Has the Wrong Priorities

By Allen J Frances M.D. on November 15, 2016 in Saving Normal
The DEA should stop over-reacting to the relatively small safety risks of Kratom and pot and stop under-reacting to the daily tragedies caused by the opioid epidemic.

Ten Questions in the Time of Trump

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in How To Do Life
Toward constructive conversation.

Sleep Train a Baby?—Don’t!

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on November 13, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
There’s no question about it--babies need to be physically with caregivers. Here are a series of questions I received recently about babies and sleep training from a set of parents
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Will There Be a Resurgence of the Hippie Generation?

By Diana Raab Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are a baby boomer, are you having feelings of deja vu following the recent election results? Many people are feeling the coming of a revolution. Is it possible?

Female Power And Why We Need It So Badly

“Wait, can a woman become president?” asked my young daughter. Male dominance is not only holding down our daughters, but our entire nation. Empower every single female now!

How Do You Accept the Unacceptable?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on November 11, 2016 in Evolution of the Self
To many, accepting Donald Trump as the President-elect feels—on a gut level—almost impossible. After all, much of the population regards him as simply "unfit" for public office.

Students Can Learn a Lot From Current Events

News items about human behavior make wonderful teaching devices. It doesn’t take much to stimulate thoughtful discussion about the complexities involved in human behavior.

Are there First Amendment Rights in Trump’s America?

To brand thousands of protesters as “professional protesters” defies rationality. But this may portend an even deeper problem at the heart of what it means to be an American.