Essential Reads

To Be More Creative try Being a Little Silly

Silliness can pay off if you know how and when to use it

Five Reasons We Play the Blame Game

The blame game is the one game you should not try to win

The Good Do-Gooders Do

A sophisticated celebration of altruists and their never-ending commitments.

Once More With Feeling

On the importance of the so-called replicability crisis and what it means

Recent Posts on Philosophy

Resilience, Growth & Kintsukuroi

By John Sean Doyle on October 03, 2015 Luminous Things
Standing and staring in the face of broken promises and broken dreams, eye-to-bloodshot-eye with our most assiduous fears, sometimes we discover that we were stronger than we imagined: that we can withstand more and that there is no reason to fear.

Albert Ellis Was the Real Expert on Bullying

By Izzy Kalman on October 02, 2015 Resilience to Bullying
Albert Ellis is one of the most influential psychologists of all time, and was an expert at teaching people how to stop being bullied, though no one recognized him as such. He could have told us that the popular bullying psychology couldn't work because it is based on irrational beliefs.

God, Mathematics and Psychology

By Mario D Garrett PhD on September 30, 2015 iAge
This discussion focuses on psychology and the philosophy of mathematics and will contribute nothing to mathematical thought. Its aim is to introduce mathematics as a creation of psychology. Sophisticated, complex and ever evolving, but nevertheless psychology.

A Philosophical Cure for Anxiety

By Neel Burton M.D. on September 30, 2015 Hide and Seek
By facing up to death we can escape from the pettiness and paralysis of anxiety.

Homo Sapiens 2.0

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 Excellent Beauty
Humans' religious proclivities help make human existence into a mass extinction event. The best way to solve this problem is to build the better angels of our nature — our machine replacements — and then usher in our own extinction, leaving Earth in better hands.

The Devil? Seriously?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on September 28, 2015 The Secular Life
A majority of Americans believe in the devil. Why?

Who is responsible for violent dreams?

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on September 26, 2015 Dream Catcher
Mental content of dreams can sometimes perfectly coincide with mental content of overt behavioral acts and that fact can raise thorny legal and philosophical issues.

To Be More Creative try Being a Little Silly

Everyone can be a little silly at times, and depending on the circumstances, you might be more creative as a result. “Clever silly” ones can bring tremendous payoff, as long as you know how to express them.

Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

Compared to traditional religions, naturalistic philosophies aren't very good at providing a transcendent meaning of life. Does this ruin their ability to complete with religion?

Five Reasons We Play the Blame Game

When something goes wrong in your life, is your first reaction to blame someone else? If so, you’re engaging in the very common behavior of the blame game. Unfortunately, there are no winners in this game, so knowing the 5 reasons for why you do this will benefit your relationships.

Should You Chuck Your Career? An Internal Debate

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 19, 2015 How To Do Life
You have a meh career. Time to press reset?

Having a Crush on Insects

By Jeffrey Lockwood Ph.D. on September 18, 2015 The Infested Mind
You’ve probably heard about people who have a sexual fetish for shoes, leather, or red hair. But what if a person is aroused by the crushing of a living being? Might there be an argument that the pleasure derived in this way is has fewer moral problems than the sensual satisfaction of eating meat?

Toward a 'Knowledge of Causes...and All Things Possible'

Determining the cause of an acute bacterial infection is often fairly straightforward. But when we are dealing with chronic pathology such as overweight or obesity establishing causation becomes much more challenging. What are some guidelines to consider when going from observing associations to establishing a verdict of causation?

The Good Do-Gooders Do

In Strangers Drowning, Larissa MacFarquhar tells the stories of a handful of altruists and reflects on the lives they have chosen to live. She examines changing attitudes toward altruism; adoption and kidney donation; Alcoholics Anonymous; a leprosy colony in Indian; and a "deaf workshop" in Japan; and the subsistence World Equity Budget that seeks equity among all people.

Once More With Feeling

By Robert J King Ph.D. on September 15, 2015 Hive Mind
Crisis schmisis. This is how science works. People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.


Just what is meant by ‘belief’­?

Is Online Dating a Good Way to Find Profound Love?

It is commonly agreed that online dating provides people with a larger pool of romantic candidates. However, it is not certain whether online dating is a better way to find long-term profound love than conventional offline dating is. This article suggests an answer to this question.

The World Without Us

Do we care more about the future existence of other people than about our own future existence? In a strange kind of way, maybe we do.

What’s Wrong with Ekaterina Demidova?

By Peter Toohey on September 12, 2015 Annals of the Emotions
Should you feel proud rather than guilty that you’ve been depressed? Why would anyone be proud of being depressed? There are some positive answers to be found in art. They show depression could mean you’re creative and maybe clever too - but also better connected socially. Depression is a painful condition, but I’m not alone in reckoning that it offers some advantages.

Why Some People Think the Apocalypse Is Coming Soon

"Armageddonists" believe that Bible or other religious prophecies about the 'End Time' must be taken literally, and seem to expect nuclear war to fulfill these prophecies.

Send Me No Roses

By Erik Gregory Ph.D. on September 11, 2015 The Secular Shepherd
Making sense of death and dying. How death inspired odd traditions like: cloaking mirrors, cutting locks of hair, and making death masks.

Apples, Oranges, and Metatheory

This article utilizes an example regarding the concrete existence of "apples" and "oranges" as compared to the concept of "fruit". Psychosis, like apples and oranges, has a visceral and immediate quality, and the actuality of brain chemistry regarding psychosis is a metatheory that subsumes the "theories" of psychotic individuals.

What Did You Learn In School Today?

By Russ Gerber on September 11, 2015 Our Health
Today is loaded with potential for meeting valuable people and learning good lessons.

Forms of Conscious Attention

Here we learn a little bit about conscious attention, the experience of flow, and Lloyd, a professional writer and expert pianist who often experiences a form of effortless conscious attention when fully engaged in his work.

Bertrand Russell's Ten Commandments

Russell: “The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows..."

Physicians of the Soul

By Paul Rhodes Ph.D. on September 08, 2015 Post Clinical
Is psychology a form of applied philosophy?

Microaggressions and the New Culture of Victimhood

Two sociologists offer a provocative analysis of a recent cultural trend.

Parenting for Critical Thinking

By Michael W Austin on September 08, 2015 Ethics for Everyone
Parents should equip their children to acquire, develop, and practice intellectual virtue, because this is a necessary requirement for true human flourishing.

Bike Helmet Laws and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Bicycle helmet laws reduce head injuries - because they put kids off riding their bikes.

Fight Song and Hero: Pop Anthems of Lonely Resilience

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D., LMFT on September 06, 2015 Intersections
Popular songs about resilience suggest that people should tough it out on their own, alone.