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Is a Philosophy Degree Useful?

If your son or daughter comes home and informs you that they want to major in philosophy, don't panic! They'll be able to do much more than ask about french fries.

Political Correctness is All about Slave Morality

It is useful to look at political correctness as an example of a system that emphasizes slave morality.

Do Scientific Fields Differ in Their Influence?

Whether we like it or not, there is definitely a hierarchy of influence among the social sciences.

Men's Lives: The Confluence, Fly-Fishing, Tall Tales and Art

The Confluence, a new book about men's lives, reminds us that life's most rewarding journeys don't have to involve danger or loss.

More Posts on Philosophy

Count The Hits; Not The Misses

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 25, 2016 in Pop Psych
When results don't show up or tests don't work out, psychological researchers often fail to report their failures. What might be done about this problem?

The Usefulness of Philosophy

Fundamentally, the study of philosophy, whether in a classroom or not, should lead to wisdom for everyday life. And that is a goal we should all value, for its own sake.

When Diversity Is Wrong

We take religion too seriously. If all religions are false, then they should all be excluded from our public life.

Transhumanism May Change Racism in the Future

Despite decades of progress, racism and bigotry are still prevalent in the United States. Coming transhumanism technology might help us all get along better.

Soft-Serve Psychology

Beyond physics and envy: why it is so hard to work in a soft science.

A Unified Approach to Human Consciousness

A unified approach to human consciousness is laid out, and Freud's structural and topographical models are updated in the process.

Preventing Mental Illness

With the World Health Organization stating that depression will be the most common disease by 2030, should we think more about how to prevent it and other mental disorders?

Love and Psychotherapy

The therapist is always, first and foremost, a human being relating to another human being. Love is part of this equation.

Some Facts about Facts

Humans have devised no better general approaches than those of science for adjudicating disputes about empirical facts.
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A 500-Year-Old Philosopher's Advice on Life

"All I know is that I know nothing, and I am not even sure about that," wrote Michel de Montaigne more than 500 years ago. What applied then continues to apply today.

Radical Technology, Reason, and the Word “Why”

The human race is on the threshold of much revolutionary change. It’s due to the emerging field of transhumanism: a social movement advocating science, technology, and reason.

Things Which Ain't So

By Robert J King Ph.D. on May 12, 2016 in Hive Mind
Are folk right to tell you not to trust scientists? A Holy Roman Emperor supplies the answer.

Microaggression, Mens Rea and the Unconscious Mind

Why are good intentions not enough?

Why Was Kennedy’s Love-Making Always Very Brief?

Choosing a romantic partner is a tricky business. A common questionable criterion for doing so—to aim high—often confuses the best person with the most suitable partner.

Racial and Political Gaps

By Lee Jussim Ph.D. on May 07, 2016 in Rabble Rouser
Newspaper editorials and some interesting scholarly developments suggest that the fight against political bias is actually having some influence.

Freedom vs. Security in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War

Erich Fromm believed people too readily escape from freedom to feel safe, and yet fans of Captain America: Civil War say they'd choose freedom first. Would they really? Would you?

The Decline of Humane Sensibilities

Empathy or “fellow feeling’ constitutes a major development in the growth of human consciousness over thousands of years.

What Can We Learn From Watching a Superhero Civil War?

The new film "Captain America: Civil War" is getting rave reviews, but did you know there are very interesting ethical issues lying just beneath the surface of the original comics?

Psychology Research And Advocacy

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on May 01, 2016 in Pop Psych
Many people get involved in psychology to help other people, which can seriously interfere with getting research right.

The Theory Crisis in Psychology

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in Critical Feeling
By answering questions that are solvable, psychology often misses to ask the right questions, as shown with examples from the psychology of art, education, and religion.

Moped Mind: Mindfulness and Nonduality Inspire in Vietnam

On the eve of the 41st anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, here are some reflections on mindfulness and nondual awareness, inspired by Vietnam and – crossing the street!

Could #Striving Be the New #Woke?

Buddha was called "The Awakened One." Are you "woke"?

Psychology's Research Replication Problem

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on April 20, 2016 in Pop Psych
A new paper reexamines data from the reproducibility project. As it turns out, internal replications do not appear particularly trustworthy.

Rachel Cooper on Classifying Madness and Diagnosing the DSM

The future of mental health interview series continues with Rachel Cooper on classifying madness and diagnosing the DSM.

The Reason We Need a Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism is a social movement that is imbued with a techno-optimism that is contagious. The movement is growing like wildfire.

Daring to Hear Voices

Tulpamancers conjure sentient imaginary friends they experience as voices. They have a lot to teach us about what we never dare to imagine and experience.

Paul Ricoeur and Narrative Identity

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on April 13, 2016 in Post Clinical
Personal identity is mediated by language.

How to Explain Climate Science on Twitter

What can we learn from Donald Trump about climate science?

Book Review: Bart Ehrman’s Jesus Before the Gospels

In Jesus Before the Gospels, Ehrman presents a much needed, brilliant argument—one that challenges longstanding assumptions about the reliability of the Gospels.

Dawn of Justice Batman is the Worst Batman Ever

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 09, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Batman at his best can serve as an inspirational figure. But not this Batman. This Batman is a gun-slinging killer. This is Batman at his worst.