Essential Reads

Flat Earthers: Belief, Skepticism, and Denialism

By Joe Pierre M.D. on February 19, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Kyrie Irving thinks the world is flat. Or does he?

Declinism: Why You Think America is in Crisis

Is America really on the brink of disaster? Studies show most people feel things are bad and getting worse. Declinism, based on cognitive bias, explains why.
Paul Nunez

Are Some Scientists Serious About Denying Free Will?

A brief look at the issues of consciousness and free will.

Is Hope Good or Bad?

By Neel Burton M.D. on February 04, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Hope, said Aristotle, is the dream of a waking man.

More Posts on Philosophy

Do Cleaner Shrimp Get Jealous?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Annals of the Emotions
The jealous triangle is usually reckoned to be one on one, with the prize, say, a lover. But it’s not all sex, it’s not all one on one, and it’s not all humans.

Self-Deification!

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Ambigamy
Self-deification is all the rage these days! Climb on the bandwagon! There's room for you and you don't need to know anything to do it!

Panpsychism and the Vale of Arve

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Boundless
Panpsychism upends traditional assumptions in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and ethics. The human person and the human mind are communal all the way down.

Experimental Philosophy: Strengths and Limitations

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on February 17, 2017 in Hot Thought
Experimental philosophy is an important movement in which philosophers systematically collect data about how people think. It has 2 main strengths and 3 surmountable limitations.

Hungry? I'll Feed You! A Working Example of the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 15, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Ever feed someone? This simple kindness can have a long-lasting effect. The four domains of the I-M Approach are explored when a little boy asks his mother for a snack.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 2

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on February 15, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
A prominent argument that evolution cannot explain why humans are religious is examined and found wanting.

Emotional Trauma, Context, Authenticity

Emotional trauma discloses painful truths about our existential vulnerabilities.
'Reality & Realities,' Face Thinking, CC 2.0

Plato’s Prognosis of “Alternative Facts”

The idea of a fact is one upon which virtually every aspect of human existence depends.

The Social Psychology of Democracy

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Why and how do democracies fail and become autocracies? What are the social and psychological phenomena leading people to lose faith in democracy and support tyrannies?

Mindfulness and Activism

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 11, 2017 in Boundless
The connection between mindfulness and activism.

You Control No One but Influence Everyone: the I-M Approach

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 09, 2017 in The I-M Approach
We could all use a road map to understand our own lives and the lives of others. The I-M Approach is a simple tool that unifies us all as doing the best we can.

“It Takes One to Know One,” Truth or Half-Truth?

By Leon F Seltzer Ph.D. on February 08, 2017 in Evolution of the Self
Besides my title, consider these expressions: “That’s the pot calling the kettle black”; “I know you are, but what am I?”; “Look who’s talking!” or You should talk!” or even...

Royally Bad Philosophy (A Reply to Craig and Colbert)

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 07, 2017 in A Logical Take
The cosmological argument ("why is there something rather than nothing") is not nearly as strong as many suppose.

Psychology's Grand Unified Theory

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
A grand unified theory of psychology has been developed.

Mirror, Mirror On the Wall. Mirror, Mirror, Neurons All

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on February 04, 2017 in The I-M Approach
We mirror the emotions of other people. What happens when that emotion is fear?

We Have to Take Our Chances on Development (and Democracy)

By Lois Holzman Ph.D. on February 02, 2017 in A Conceptual Revolution
Social therapist Fred Newman says that while we might agree on how we'd like to develop ourselves and the world, there are no guarantees when it comes to development or democracy.

Beyond Good and Evil, Beyond Heroes and Villains

Do heroes and villains exist or was philosopher right to say we should look beyond good and evil. When dark clouds of cynicism spread, can we go farther and look beyond that?

God Has Nothing to Do With Morality

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on January 30, 2017 in The Secular Life
The relationship between God and morality is much more problematic than most people realize.

Might Trump's Chickens Be Coming Home to Roost?

There is reason to think Trump's immigration ban may cause widespread backlash against his administration.

Why the Bodily Action of Marching Matters

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on January 28, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Those who marched were rehearsing patterns of movement that enable us all to work together in manifesting further the qualities that actually marching requires.

Trumping Fear

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on January 28, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Did the 2016 Presidential Election make you sad, angry, afraid, and stressed? We can use our knowledge about brain science to help each other through this. It's all about respect.

Neil Gaiman and Process Philosophy

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in Boundless
Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods provides a diversion, but possibly also some insight, into this fractious and upsetting time.

Alternative Facts, Weather Forecasts, and White (House) Lies

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2017 in A Logical Take
We’ve come full circle. The most radically left postmodern idea— that truth is relative—is being embraced by the most radically conservative White House administration.

Dealing with Ambition Addiction

By William Irwin Ph.D. on January 26, 2017 in It’s Your Choice
The pursuit of a lofty height diminishes appreciation of the present state of affairs. We need to have a healthy relationship with ambition.

Mike Watt’s Whole Enchilada

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 25, 2017 in Brick by Brick
“Where is the focus?” That is the question that Mike Watt fired back at me when I asked him what advice he would give to aspiring musicians.

Racism in the Heart?

What the confirmation battle for Trump's nominee for Attorney General can teach us about racism and how to fight it.

Trump’s Hostility and “Alternative Facts”

By Jonathan D. Raskin, Ph.D. on January 23, 2017 in Making Meaning
From the perspective of personal construct theory, President Trump's "alternative facts" exemplify hostility. But he's not alone. We all get hostile sometimes. It's human, but bad.

A Time to Keep Silence

Solitude. Discovering the essential nature of one's individuality.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Reluctance to Grow Up at the Outset and End of Adolescence

Rate of growing up varies widely, and that is okay. If slow, the main thing is for parents to be patient.

It’s on: Science & Religion Throw Down; Part 1

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on January 20, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Why do some religious people insist that science and religion are not at war?