Essential Reads

The Synergistic Components of Schizophrenia

By Ann Olson Psy.D. on February 08, 2016 in Theory and Psychopathology
Psychotic ideation is bolstered by its characteristics of visceral experience, dissociation and lack of context. Rogerian theory and therapy might be a promising intervention.

A Humbling, Helpful Adage to Live By

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on February 06, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
This blog offers a useful maxim for reflecting on one's beliefs.

My World View, In Four Paragraphs

By Susan Hooper on January 29, 2016 in Detours and Tangents
A college application asked my nephew to explain how his past had shaped his world view. As I looked at his answer, I wondered how I would respond to the same question.

The “Is Psychology a Science?” Debate

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
In some ways psychology is a science, but in some ways it is not.

More Posts on Philosophy

We are Polarized: Politically and Psychologically

Democracies are politically polarized because people are psychologically divided, too.

Combating Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

Often dealing with stigma by the mentally ill involves expectations for other, non-mentally ill people to change. This article examines practical steps to overcome stigma.

Do Citizens or Politicians Make the Best Political Choices?

New research suggests that ballot initiatives produce more happiness and equality than the "oligarchy" of representative institutions.

Dee Edington and the Power of Positive Organizational Health

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on February 04, 2016 Brick by Brick
Dee Edington, known by many as "the godfather of health-risk management," shares how to make employee well-being a "win-win."

On Sequels & Reboots: Defending The Force Awakens

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on February 02, 2016 Plato on Pop
Is the plot of The Force Awakens just a rehash of the old films? Absolutely not. But appreciating that it's not only a sequel, but a reboot, can help you enjoy the similarities.

The Affluenza Defense

Poor black boys who steal booze and cars and recklessly kill people should be treated like the rich white boys, not vice versa.

It is a Myth that Psychology is a Young Science

It is time we retire the myth that a primary reason psychology struggles to achieve full status as a science is because it is too young.

Achieving Happiness: Advice from Pascal

Pascal wants us to consider the big questions of life and give them the attention and deep thought that they deserve.

On Religion, Sanders and Clinton Differ Sharply

By David Niose on January 28, 2016 Our Humanity, Naturally
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have many differences, but few are more prominent that the religious contrast.

Star Wars: Answering the Big Questions

By David Kyle Johnson Ph.D. on January 27, 2016 Plato on Pop
Who are Rey’s parents? Why exactly did Luke go into hiding? Who is Supreme Leader Snoke? What’s the deal with Kylo’s lightsaber? Careful reasoning might reveal the answer.

Consciousness and Dreams

Every day we sleep, but not every sleep has memorable dreams. When we do recall our dreams, they can be mundane or surreal and nonsensical. Is there a reason for having dreams?

A Mind of One’s Own?

Julian Jaynes once made the strange claim that our ancestors did not evolve conscious minds until 600 BCE. But are we conscious at all? To find out, let's talk about Love.

How to Keep our Dignity While Ceding Human Preeminence

We need not give our robo sapien successors our worst qualities.

Societal Roles and Schizophrenia

The context of schizophrenics, in terms of a vocational and relational roles, is typically misunderstood. Combating stigma by understanding of their perspectives is essential.

Empirical Support for the Tree of Knowledge System

The ToK works to solve deep conceptual problems in science in general and psychology in particular. But it also makes empirical predictions, some of which are reviewed here.

A Final Talk Between Father and Son

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 12, 2016 How To Do Life
A fictional exchange with non-fictional implications.

The Perks of Being an X-File-ophile

After binge-watching all 202 episodes of the original X-files series, I have learned (or re-learned) 6 basic truths.

What Is an Emotion?

By Neel Burton M.D. on January 03, 2016 Hide and Seek
The answer is not entirely clear.

Ice-cream Preferences

By Peter Cave on January 01, 2016 Philosophical Perplexities
Ice-cream Reasoning

Depressed and Looking Forward to the End of the World?

Good natured and bad tempered depressives, going to the movies with Lars von Trier, centaur planets, Saturn, being anxious, and the end of the world.

Money and Happiness

Happiness research by economists offers interesting insight, but no final resolution, to the problem of the hedonic treadmill.

The Biopsychosocial Model and Avenues for Treatment

The biopsychosocial paradigm as it relates to the cycles that exacerbate mental disorders, including those which can be treated with medication, socialization and psychotherapy.

Do Christmas Miracles Really Exist?

For example, compared to Protestants, being a Catholic or a Jew is associated with lower mortality. The risk of death for Jews is about 0.80 times the risk for Protestants.

New Year Resolutions

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on December 29, 2015 A Sideways View
It is the time for life change. What are you going to do? Or from past experience is it your resolve never to make new year resolutions?

Announcing a New Lobby: Atheists for Christmas

Why should the faithful have all the fun? There's much for non-believers to value in the Yuletide tradition

A Debate: Should You Be a Generalist or Specialist?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 24, 2015 How To Do Life
Michael Scriven and I debate that question.

In Defense of Parents Who Don’t Lie About Santa

Many parents who don't lie about Santa spin tales of being berated by parents who do. Here I argue that this practice should stop.

What Scientists Take on Faith

Why should we trust a mainstream newspaper or a scientific journal more than the Bible?

The Case for Trusting Your Common Sense Over Experts

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on December 22, 2015 How To Do Life
We understandably look to experts but they're so often wrong.

Let’s Get Santa Right: A Reply

In response to my argument that parents shouldn't lie to their children about Santa, David Ottlinger suggests I don't understand the function of the Santa myth. I offer my reply.