Essential Reads

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

Depression isn’t just a matter of moral weakness or willpower

Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization

Good ethics is good business: Why have so few gotten the memo?

What Would America's Founding Mothers Want?

How would women design fundamental principles for sustainable prosperity?

Humanism: To Think Is to Act

How allowing "I do" for all improves public health and wellbeing

Recent Posts on Ethics and Morality

Evil Geniuses Need Not Apply

Novel research demonstrates that being a team player can not only be nice, it can also be smart.

White Supremacy and Dream Weddings

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Love, Inc
Dylan Roof's sister is upset because she couldn't have her PERFECT wedding in the wake of her brother's racially motivated murders of nine innocent people. We could read this as another sign that the Roof family is crazy, but in fact Amber's selfishness is part of the ideology of romance.

The Truth About Cremation

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Creating in Flow
You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.

What Not to Say to a Depressed Person

By Jean Kim M.D. on July 01, 2015 in Culture Shrink
What isn’t helpful and remains a huge hurdle for the lay public to understand about depression is that it isn’t just a matter of moral failure or weakness or lack of willpower. The following comments are worth avoiding when talking to people you know going through a depressive episode:

Six Ways to Create a Culture of Ethics in Any Organization

Often we hear about unethical and egregious behavior of organizations and their leaders that seem intent on screwing their customers, lying and cheating, and laughing all the way to the bank.Yet, there are many ways that organizations can create a culture that supports and nurtures ethics. And good ethics is good business in the end. What have so many not gotten the memo?

What Would America's Founding Mothers Want?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on July 01, 2015 in Jacob's Staff
When the philosophical foundations of America were being set by the "Founding Fathers", where were women's voices? How can we design a world that honors and integrates the unique value of women's perceptions of what society can be? What would you personally want to see in a global discussion of what the future can be?

Paying it Forward

Imagine someone does something nice for you. You then see someone else that needs help. Are you more likely to help that person? What if you were mistreated by someone, are you more likely to then mistreat a person unrelated to the situation?

Humanism: To Think Is to Act

Humanism: Moving towards pre-frontal cortex functioning and moving away from reptilian brain functioning

Commitments the APA Should Make Today

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
It is reasonable to expect that the soon-to-be-released Hoffman Report will provide further evidence of grave collusion between the American Psychological Association and government agencies involved in the torture and abuse of war-on-terror detainees. This is an opportune time for the APA’s leadership to commit to specific actions if this indeed proves to be the case.

The Truth Behind Your Rainbow Profile Picture

By Andrea Bonior Ph.D. on June 29, 2015 in Friendship 2.0
In a spontaneous and beautiful display of support, many people rainbow-tinted their profile pics to celebrate marriage equality. What many did not know was how much cold, hard data analysis goes on about their decision to do so.

Do You Forgive and When Should You?

From our partner not doing their share of the chores to infidelity, brutal mass murder and everything in between, there are many times in life when we are called on to forgive (or not). Consider these psychological facts before making your personal decision about forgiveness.

#Love Wins . . . Marriage Equality Is for Real

It's about love and equality. That's about as simple as it can get.

Same-Sex Marriage Needed to Be Decided by the Supreme Court

Today the Supreme Court decided that marriage is a right for all, same-sex and opposite-sex couples alike. Some would rather this has been decided by popular vote, but it's more appropriate and just that the courts should decide. But why?

How Do You Feel About Giving Human Rights to Corporations?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 26, 2015 in So Sue Me
People do not realize this, but the United States Supreme Court has been treating corporations increasingly like human beings — by giving them fundamental rights. Is this crazy? Is this dangerous?

Memory Doesn't Always Deceive

Psychology has some horrible experiments on its conscience - or ought to have.

The Psychology of Competition

Competitions are fun, let’s be honest. At one point or another, you probably have enjoyed being part of some kind of competition. Of course, competitions are more fun if you actually “win” (but for you to win, someone else must lose). Given this basic inequality: can competitions promote pro-social behavior?

Conceptual Chicks & Experiential Eggs: Teaching Philosophies

Last spring I helped design a training program for aspiring college teachers. I had great fun being on the small planning committee; our disagreements were especially enlightening. My favorite disagreement was about whether we should have our students develop and write their teaching philosophy.

Bringing Down the Confederate Flag

Morality and its requirements explain how people are now thinking about the Confederate flag.

When to Sue Your Psychiatrist for Malpractice

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 24, 2015 in So Sue Me
Many cases of psychiatric malpractice are never reported because the victims are already emotionally unstable. What exactly does it mean for a psychiatrist to commit malpractice?

Can Changing a Symbol Change People's Attitudes?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in BrainSnacks
Maybe the attachment that some Southern people feel toward the Confederate flag is less an expression of overt racism (which it certainly seems to be, in part), and more an expression of a lingering cultural/historical sense of loss and defeat they feel for the disastrous outcome of the Civil War. Could abolishing the flag lead to a new sense of Southern identity?

We Are All Emanuel A.M.E. Church!

Proclaim "We Are All Emanuel A.M.E. Church!" in solidarity with the massive, needed struggle against racism

Dylann Roof—Evil or Ill?

How to think about the Charleston killings and Dylann Roof

Pope Francis' Environmental Message

Pope Francis' encyclical on the ecological crisis strikes a blow to climate science deniers everywhere. He tells the truth about global warming and environmental decline using the combined powers of ecclesial authority, the scientific consensus, and a well-established communication network. Let's hope world leaders meeting in Paris in December follow his lead.

Love for a Killer: "A Very Evil Kid”

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Moral Landscapes
When Adam Lanza massacred school children, people asked about his genes. But that was the wrong question. Genes are inert without experience. Families of victims of Dylann Roof’s gun rampage forgave him. It’s a show of love that he probably needed much earlier in his life.

Tikkun Olam

By Robert J Landy Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Couch and Stage
In response to a previous blog of a very troubling dream about my attempt to sew together the head and body of two decapitated figures, my friend describes a transformational journey to Vienna where he is transfixed by the Rubens painting of Mary removing a thorn from the head of Jesus and discovers the meaning of Tikkun Olam, repairing of the world.

A Curious Case of Welfare Considerations in Morality

By Jesse Marczyk on June 21, 2015 in Pop Psych
Some thoughts on the inconsistency of moral arguments

Strange Bedfellows: Love and War

By E E Smith on June 21, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
The month of June is traditionally the time for weddings. Newspapers, magazines, and all forms of social media are teeming with photos of beaming grooms and blushing brides. Wait a minute. Do brides still blush? Somehow, I doubt it.

The Psychology of Ethics Committees

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on June 21, 2015 in A Sideways View
To what extent should somebody on an ethics committee have some training in ethics? Would it not be wiser to have a lawyer and a trained ethicist actually replace slow and problematic committees? How different are juries from ethical committees?

A St. Louis Cardinal Sin?

By Michael W Austin on June 20, 2015 in Ethics for Everyone
All parties in sport should seek to exemplify sportsmanship, whether on the field or via the internet.