Essential Reads

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A Question That Good Critical Thinkers Ask, Part 1

If I were to tell you that reading this article will make you a better critical thinker, what question would a good critical thinker ask about my claim?

“Only You” Or “I've Two Lovers and I Love them Both"?

Emotional partiality and diversity are essential to romantic love. However, they appear to conflict with each other. Which one has a greater romantic value?

Stop Looking for Yourself

By Svend Brinkmann Ph.D. on May 05, 2017 in Stand Firm
Those who reject the whole find-and-develop-yourself ideology have more chance of putting down roots and living a life with a certain degree of integrity.

If People Only Knew

So many of us fear what we - and others - will find at our core. Why is there such an epidemic of shame in our culture?

More Posts on Philosophy

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

The Bar-Mitzvah

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about being judgmental.

Reclaiming Human Dignity

Have you experienced religiously-based abuse or violence? This post explores the ideological basis for Judeo-Christian patterns of aggression.
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The Pastor Who Found God In Technology

By John Nosta on May 15, 2017 in The Digital Self
God may not just be in the details, but in your smartphone.

Ethical Love

Love or Luck?Would you like to be betrayed, forgotten, or abandoned for other younger and more divine bodies?
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Darth Socrates: You don’t know the power of Philosophy

Experimental philosophy is all the rage in philosophy. But, like all other fads before, it will fall to philosophy's unanswerable questions.

Blasphemy!

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 09, 2017 in Hive Mind
Religious and Secular blasphemy accusations come from a similar source. And we need to call a halt to this nonsense.

Seeking Common Ground II: The Progressive Spirit

A “public” sphere appropriately transcends “private” concerns. The wealth of a nation is not the aggregate of individual interests but an expression of collective well-being.

Some Thoughts on Healing

Does curiosity kill the cat?

What Price Wisdom?

This is a fair enough question to ask nowadays, given the apparent lack of wisdom in both the statements made and the policies followed by so many of the world’s leaders.

The Authentic Introvert

Because the introvert may be highly concerned with being authentic, we may wonder whether there is anything wrong with an introvert “passing” as an extrovert.

It's Not "Just a Myth"

A myth is a story, but “story” doesn’t necessarily mean made up. A myth may not be true in the sense that it is 100% factual. The value of myth is the truth it tells us about us.

What Are the Most and Least Religious States in the USA?

The most religious states tend to fare poorly, while the least religious states tend to fare much better

Finding Meaning After Losing Faith

Young people who question everything may be born into communities that insist it is wrong to doubt their religion. Here's the story of one who got away and found his own meaning.
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What Do You Think You Ought to Think You Ought to Do?

By Lisa Tessman Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in I'm Only Human
If there’s something that you think you ought to do, you can still question whether you think that you ought to think that you ought to do it.

Making Mozzarella: The Process of Not Being Perfect

I embark upon this process of making mozzarella again and again without knowing for sure whether or not the cheese will be perfect. And that is OK with me.

We're All Artists

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on April 29, 2017 in Minority Report
"Aren't we all artists?" was the response I received when I asked a Parisian shop owner if he was an artist or if he just sold art. This experience redefined how I saw "artists".
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I Got Hacked! Fibs, Fantasies, and Techo-Lies

By John Nosta on April 27, 2017 in The Digital Self
Is technology the newest excuse for being late, lazy and lackadaisical?

Religious and Rational?

Can you be religious and rational? A United Methodist minister provides his answers to that question!
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Why You Just Might Fall in Love With a Robot

By John Nosta on April 25, 2017 in The Digital Self
Thoughts on human compassion and a bag of bolts.
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Are You a Good Critical Thinker?

A proposal about what it is to be a good critical thinker. And a totally unscientific quiz to test your critical thinking skills.

Why Do People Cherry-Pick Which Science They Accept?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
By not explaining why anything matters, science becomes dubious enough that we can easily escape its inconvenient truths.

Why it Pays to Be Rich (in More Ways Than One)

Rich Americans continue to live longer. And this means they collect more government benefits. What should we do about it?

Before Adam and Eve

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in The Secular Life
Biblical myths are just that: myths.

The Secret of Handling Anger and Aggression

Why is anger such an accelerator of aging?
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Little Gestures

Language and its roots in gestures.

Why I am Marching in the March for Science

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 17, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Two reasons to march in The March for Science.

Rabble Rouser Goes Twitter

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in Rabble Rouser
Scientific psychology, social psychology, scientific dysfunction, the psychology of scientific integrity, science reform, in a nutshell, on a daily basis.

Face-it Versus Escapist Coping Strategies

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 10, 2017 in Ambigamy
Do you reduce stress in ways that increase or decrease your peripheral vision?

A New Big Five for Psychotherapists, Part II

We can transcend the paradigms in psychotherapy by thinking in terms of systems of character adaptation.