Essential Reads

Could Morality Have a Transcendent Evolved Purpose?

Evolutionary theory can explain morality in terms of survival and reproduction. Could it also explain morality in terms of some larger purpose?

Winning Love

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in In the Name of Love
Attempting to change the beloved and surrendering to the beloved are common practices. Although each has some value, neither is effective in guiding our romantic path.

Does Science Require a Leap of Faith?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on December 04, 2017 in Talking Apes
No one has ever changed their essential beliefs on the basis of rational arguments.

Paradigms Lost

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on November 30, 2017 in Pura Vida
It is a common myth that the human species is somehow uniquely endowed, the center of the universe and the apple of god's eye. Reality is quite different, and much better.

More Posts on Philosophy

The World Responds to Our Emotions: Evidence from Physics

Albertus Maximus: the world responds to our emotions.

Is Psychology a "Self-Correcting" Science?

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on December 06, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Is psychology a science? If so, where is the "scientific self-correction"?
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The Intuition of Truth

By Ryan Smerek, Ph.D. on December 01, 2017 in Learning at Work
Why we should engage our intuitive reaction around truth.

What Should Psychology Be?

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on November 28, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Since the American Psychological Association released a retrospective on the past 125 years in the field, right now is a great time to look toward the future.

Domain Generality vs. Specificity

Explicit CT training is necessary if educators want to see CT improve in our students and flourish across domains.

On the Virtue of Not Knowing

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on November 24, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Dawkins's has said that religion teaches the false virtue of accepting our not understanding the world. Is he right?

A Solution to The Biggest Mystery You've Learned to Ignore

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on November 22, 2017 in Ambigamy
You've probably never thought to ask even though it's the question behind all your big questions: What is trying and how did it start?
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What Is Philosophy, Anyway?

By Jennifer Baker Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in For the Love of Wisdom
"A feeling of being especially alive in the hurly-burly of challenge and debate."

Emotional Actions Are Not Exceptions

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on November 20, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Actions can be more or less emotional, but they are never completely non-emotional.

What is Love?

Most view love as the most important aspect in life. Why, then, do we spend most of our lives focusing on something else?

Use Scientific Methods to Detect Fake News

Both fake news and science became salient issues during last year’s presidential election. Understanding the principles of scientific methods can help detect false information.

6 Things That Make Me Truly Grateful This Thanksgiving

My fears and anxieties have taught me that even if they can't be entirely overcome, they can be faced and sometimes outwitted. For that knowledge, I am grateful.
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One Question That May Determine Whether Your Love Will Last

The one question that may determine whether your love will last

Do Animals Have Emotions? A Debate

By Paul Thagard Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Hot Thought
The legitimacy of the argument that non-human animals have emotions is debated by an advocate and a skeptic.

Everything is Training

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 13, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Science and martial arts require vigilance to avoid confusing methodologies for research and training from the principles we seek to understand.

The Myth of the Self-Made Individual

We should be wary of those who claim to be self-made, who tout themselves as the emblems of accomplishment. These prominent people simply disregard the support they’ve had.

The Hypocrisy of Antipsychiatry

By on November 09, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Coercive psychiatry and antipsychiatry are two sides of the same coin.

Mad to Be Normal: A Review of the New R.D. Laing Biopic

By on November 06, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
A new film depicts the life and times of the revolutionary—and controversial—psychiatrist who shunned neuroleptic drugs in favor of a psychological understanding of schizophrenia.
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I Spy With My Little Eye

Who is watching you and why?

The Joy of Solitude

By Neel Burton M.D. on November 05, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Loneliness as a subjective state of mind.

Mindful Aging

By The Book Brigade on November 02, 2017 in The Author Speaks
By the time you’re 50, you know yourself pretty well. You should be putting that knowledge to expansive use, seizing opportunities rather than putting limits on what you should do.

Sex and the iPhone

By Charles S. Jacobs on November 01, 2017 in Management Rewired
What do sex and iPhones have in common?

Coaches Should Be Role Models

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on November 01, 2017 in Ethics for Everyone
What determines the nature of a coach's influence on athletes? There are many factors in play, but a primary one is the character of the coach.

Tranquilizing Humanity into Oblivion

By on November 01, 2017 in Mental Illness as Metaphor
Modern psychiatry would be wise to heed the warning of Nathan S. Kline, the pioneering psychopharmacologist.

Paying Attention: Consciousness of What?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on October 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
Participants all engaged in specific patterns of bodily movement designed to help them acquire a consciousness of some thing—consciousness of what?

Is Science a Religion?

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on October 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
It is common to hear that science is another religion. This view is wrong in all the ways that matter.

Blaming the Victim

By Jean Kazez on October 30, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
In the aftermath of all the recent revelations of sexual harassment and assault, can we talk about how to avoid danger without making the mistake of blaming the victim?

Why Do We Love (and Hate) Feeling Scared?

By Rob Henderson on October 30, 2017 in After Service
Why do we love feeling afraid, but also hate it? The paradox is simpler than you think.
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What is the Meaning of Your Life?

By Diana Raab PhD on October 24, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
In the hustle and bustle of our lives, sometimes it's good to just stop and ponder the reason for our existence. It's also a good grounding exercise.