Essential Reads

Choosing a Romantic Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in In the Name of Love
It is mistaken to hold that keeping all romantic options open cannot be bad, as you can always select the best. There is a cost to this and too much of a good thing can be harmful.
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Questing for Economic Utopia, Part 1

By Chris Kutarna Ph.D. on October 09, 2017 in Age of Discovery
Is this going to be humanity's best century—or worst? How we choose to measure progress will decide.

Alexa, Should I Ask You to Help Me Make Decisions?

We're becoming more reliant on digital assistants such as Alexa and Siri to help us make decisions. What might this be doing to us as autonomous and authentic individuals?

Establishing Love With an Imperfect Partner

By Aaron Ben-Zeév Ph.D. on September 26, 2017 in In the Name of Love
The prevailing ideal of a perfect love is a major obstacle for establishing enduring, profound love.

More Posts on Philosophy

Dante's Damned Flatterers

Flattery is a sin against the community.

The Loneliest Neuron

By Mark D. Humphries Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in Neural Processing
Why doesn't every neuron know about every thing?

When Life is No Longer an Endless Upward Slope

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on October 17, 2017 in This Is America
Although there may be no clear and compelling solutions to midlife crises, there are ways in which we can sort through some of the apprehensions and angst of adulthood.

The Psychology of Romantic Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on October 14, 2017 in Hide and Seek
Could romantic love be little more than an ego defence?

The Existential Dread of Climate Change

Denying climate change is no solution. But is being fully aware of its consequences making us depressed?

Technology as a Path to Peace

By John Nosta on October 12, 2017 in The Digital Self
Technology is emerging as the ultimate connector to provide a new and and significant human engagement that can lead to better understanding and even peace.

The Philosophical Traveler

By Jean Kazez on October 07, 2017 in The Philosophical Parent
Is it odd to first admire, then devour?

The Great Paradox of Psychiatry

If the treatments for mental illness are better than ever, why is there more mental illness today than ever before? Herein lies the great paradox of psychiatry.

Our Two Essences: Modern Humans as Primates and Persons

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on October 06, 2017 in Theory of Knowledge
Modern human beings are of two essences. There is our animal-primate essence as homo sapiens. And there is our cultural person essence.
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Do You Feel Like You Have To Do It All?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on October 05, 2017 in I'm Only Human
If only none of our values ever conflicted with our other values, we could act on all of them. But that’s not always the position we’re in.

How Do We Value Time?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Jacob's Staff
A revolution is coming! Tech is not only disrupting traditional industries, it is fundamentally changing the basis of our economy and the value of being human.

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

By Elly Vintiadis Ph.D. on October 04, 2017 in Minding the Mind
We all have an ethical responsibility to fight stigma, but mental health professionals have a bit more.

Why Have We Made Such Little Philosophical Progress?

Morality and love are states of mind which, nowadays, neither all human beings nor all religions recognize as the prime spiritual aspects of human conscious.

Hillbilly Elegy

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 30, 2017 in Excellent Beauty
Psychological science could help alleviate or even end poverty. Clearly the United States won't pursue this, but perhaps some other country will, eventually.

Do You Need a Makeover, or a Makeout?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2017 in Ink Blots Cartoons
Are you ready to find your soul mate? Try this.

Are Others a Threat or a Benefit?

It is so important at times like these to step back and think about how people come to the point of acting out in hate against one another.

Are Dreams Less Real Than Waking Perceptions?

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Dream Catcher
No good arguments have yet been produced to demonstrate that dreams are less real than waking perceptions.

The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion

By Bence Nanay Ph.D. on September 29, 2017 in Psychology Tomorrow
Perceptual similarity as political weapon.

"The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump"

Why are so many mental health professionals willing to put their careers on the line?
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How Much Should You Care About Your Future? It Depends.

By Rob Henderson on September 28, 2017 in After Service
How do you care about your future self? The answer will surprise you.

Who Will Guard the Guardians?

If twisting a magic ring could make you invisible and you could get away with anything, would you twist it?

Questions Nobody Ever Answered

By Fredric Neuman M.D. on September 03, 2017 in Fighting Fear
I am still troubled as I have grown very old with the big questions in life. Here they are.

Power, Paternalism, and Psychiatry

Some psychiatrists value the freedom and autonomy of their patients. Others see them merely as objects for control.

The Faith Project: Finding New Moves to Make

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2017 in What a Body Knows
The Faith Project is on track to offer deeper understanding of how movement patterns – and practices of dancing – are at work shaping realms we assume are cerebral and spiritual.

The Twilight Saga and Immortality Striving

By Brian A. Kinnaird Ph.D. on August 30, 2017 in The Hero in You
If we accept our human condition and the many emotions that accompany mortality such as pain, discomfort, and, ultimately, death, we can begin to move beyond it.

The Empty Seat Problem

This common error known to pilots reveals one our mind's most dangerous flaws. Find out what it takes to avoid it.

The Purpose of Meditation [Video]

Why your awesome goal-setting skills are holding you back in your mindfulness and meditation practice.

Thomas S. Szasz: One Hundred Years Ahead of His Time

Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., was a psychiatrist who didn't believe in mental illness as a category of disease. A new book captures the essence of his life and ideas.

First, Cause Pain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 26, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
The martial arts concept of graduated response can also be used to give others latitude to alter behaviors before we apply severe reprimand or caustic criticism.
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A Stoic Response to Pain

By Ryan Holiday on August 25, 2017 in The Obstacle Is the Way
Remember another line from Seneca: “Misfortune is virtue’s opportunity.” The military puts it more simply: “Embrace the suck.”