Essential Reads

What If We Have It Wrong About Boredom?

What if we've got it wrong about boredom? Despite its negative connotations, boredom may actually be valuable.

Watching Myself Die

By Cortney S. Warren Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in Naked Truth
My mother, Dr. Karen J. Warren, was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness. This blog explores why legal end-of-life options are essential to dying with autonomy and dignity.

Practical Ethics

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
Philosopher Peter Singer takes questions about how best to spend money for positive change and thorny subjects like human enhancement.

Your Legacy

Legacy isn't only how others remember you. It's how you witness the significance of your own life

More Posts on Philosophy

Is Buddhist Enlightenment Evolving to Become More Communal?

By Dale Wright on September 30, 2016 in Buddhist Enlightenment
That there are good reasons to conclude that the meaning of "enlightenment" in Buddhism is evolving beyond individual spirituality toward deeper communal sensibilities.

How Powerful Is Status Quo Bias?

By Rob Henderson on September 29, 2016 in After Service
Research sheds light on our resistance to change.

What Would a Talking Mirror Say to You?

By Donna Barstow on September 29, 2016 in Ink Blots Cartoons
What does your reflection tell you about who you are? Should you trust it?

On the Envelope

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 29, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musing on the mundane

The 7 C's of Success: A Clear Conception of What We Want

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
Some of the richest human experiences happen when we join with others in a common cause that contributes to the common good as we work together in creative love.

The Pursuit of Happiness, Bah, Humbug?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Many people focus on the pursuit of happiness, but there are other options. It's up to you.

The Truth Shall Set You Free—Except When It Doesn’t

By Eric Dietrich Ph.D. on September 24, 2016 in Excellent Beauty
Uncertainty can be more deadly than certainty, but certainty is what the law is looking for. Why, when it is such a rare commodity?

Election2016 -Declaration of Independence v. US Constitution

By Mark Goulston M.D., F.A.P.A. on September 24, 2016 in Just Listen
Trump is the Declaration of Independence, Clinton is the U.S. Constitution. Which one would you pick to trust your future to?

How Should We Plan for Growing Old?

What determines our satisfaction as we age?

The Enlightenment Gap and Psychology's Metaphysical Problem

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 23, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Many of modern day psychology's core problems can be traced to the Enlightenment Gap. This blog describes the Gap and how to resolve the issues.

Does It Take Faith to Be an Atheist?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in The Secular Life
People often claim that it takes more faith to be an atheist than a believer. This is incorrect.

Research Tip: Ask About What You Want to Measure

By Jesse Marczyk Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Pop Psych
Asking questions targeted at what you're actually interested in knowing about is a strategy more psychology research should adopt.

Exercising our Freedom and Intelligence: Part 9

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on September 18, 2016 in In One Lifespan
Groups working to maximize their collective understanding of societal problems need a space where they are free to exercise their intelligence.

Pagan Perfection

By Matthew J Rossano Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in Seeking Perfection
When humans thrive, the effort of daily life increasingly approaches a joyful ease.


By Graham Collier on September 15, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Such is the journey of human consciousness.

Resting in Peace

How should we think about our own inevitable mortality?

Showing the World Her Wabi-Sabi Humanizes Hillary Clinton

By Christopher Bergland on September 13, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Is it possible that having pneumonia could end up being a blessing in disguise for Hillary Clinton by making her seem more human and relatable?
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Gödel, Metaphysics and the Reproducibility Crisis

By Andrew Smart on September 11, 2016 in Machine Psychology
Does psychology need to do more philosophy? An exploration of how metaphysics is affecting reproducibility.

King Oedipus and the Good Life

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in One Among Many
Once we know what the good life is, will we be happier?

Why Aren’t People With Disabilities Talking About This?

By Emily S. Beitiks on September 08, 2016 in The Age of Biotech
Why do people with disabilities have to keep justifying their existence?

The Quest for Success and Happiness

By Michael W. Austin Ph.D. on September 06, 2016 in Ethics for Everyone
It is in giving ourselves to something greater than ourselves that we experience true success and lasting happiness.

A Good Life: Embodied, Earth-Centric or Controlled, Detached

By Darcia Narvaez Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Moral Landscapes
David Abram, Spell of the Sensuous, challenges assumptions about history, earth living and the good life.

On Using Animals in Medical Research

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in How To Do Life
Musings on a Neal Miller quote

Skinner's Fundamental Insight and Fundamental Error

By Gregg Henriques Ph.D. on September 02, 2016 in Theory of Knowledge
Skinner's fundamental insight is the idea that animal behavior evolves via behavioral selection. His fundamental error was his radical behavioral philosophy.

How is the Creative Process an Act of Faith?

By Kimerer LaMothe Ph.D. on August 31, 2016 in What a Body Knows
Sometimes, in the process of making art, an obstacle is the path, and creativity is an act of faith.

The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Has your understanding of 9/11 changed after fifteen years? What issues concern you now?

You Get 10 “Do-Overs” – What Would You Do Differently?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in BrainSnacks
Suppose a magic genie came to you and said, "You get ten ‘do-overs’ – ten revisions of your personal history." What ten choices would you make differently?

Losing Our Faith

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on August 29, 2016 in The Secular Life
The latest Pew survey shows why many Americans are leaving religion: they lost their faith in God

Proclaiming Your Wabi-Sabi Is a Cathartic Antidote for Shame

By Christopher Bergland on August 27, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
You don't have to be a Zen Buddhist to embrace the power of wabi-sabi. Publicly acknowledging your imperfections can make you immune to the isolation created by shame.

On Evil

By Anthony Synnott Ph.D. on August 26, 2016 in Rethinking Men
What is evil? Is there such a thing or force as evil? Or just bad deeds? Are there evil people? Or is everything relative?