Essential Reads

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

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 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 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 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 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

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.

What Is Critical Feeling?

By Rolf Reber Ph.D. on April 07, 2016 Critical Feeling
How could we get rid of fear? How do we cope with chronic illness? What keeps love alive? This blog introduces critical feeling, the Confucian idea to use feelings to improve life.

Humanism's Role in a 'Political Revolution'

With religion on the decline, secular humanism is key to any "political revolution" in contemporary American society.

The Broken Self

Too many of us fancy that we would be better, stronger people if only we were left alone to pursue our private life-visions. The opposite of this belief may be the truer one.

The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon and Transhumanism

The transhumanism movement has been dramatically growing in size--and most of that growth is from millennials and youth. Many of them are supporters of Bernie Sanders.

More Thoughts on Attention’s Relationship With Consciousness

The relationship between consciousness and attention can be seen as lying on a spectrum that ranges from identity to full independence. But is that the best way to visualize it?

Tapping Into Inner Wisdom (and Other Ways to Lead Positive)

By Kathy Cramer Ph.D. on March 29, 2016 Lead Positive
How to mine mindfulness, wisdom traditions, and philosophy to become a better leader.

Clinton, Sanders, Trump and Cruz Won't Discuss Transhumanism

Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither.

Beyond the Five Senses

What, if any, is the difference between the two faculties of human consciousness, 'believing" and "knowing"?

Carl Elliott on the Dark Side of Medicine

The future of mental health interview series continues with Carl Elliott on the dark side of medicine.

Marxism at the Existentialist Café

Sartre and company would have been more honest if they recognized that their Marxism was at odds with their existentialism.

Are You Smarter Than a Self-Driving Car?

A fun new look at an old problem: Should the driver of a runaway tram sure to kill five workmen redirect the tram to another track so that it kills only one workman?

Therapy Goals: Yours, Mine, and Ours

The definition of health is typically not in question in a medical model.

More on What Ayn Rand Got Wrong About Human Nature

By Denise Cummins Ph.D. on March 17, 2016 Good Thinking
Ayn Rand based her philosophy on four core beliefs, each of which is disconfirmed by evidence.

Jonathan Raskin on Constructivism and Ethical Meaning-Making

The future of mental health interview series continues with Jonathan Raskin on constructivism and ethical meaning-making.

Helping Young Adults Launch: Our Final Common Pathway

A strategic therapeutic approach, which is independent of DSM diagnoses for a more diverse group of young adults.

Pavel Katchalov on Russian Mental Health Services

The future of mental health interview series continues with Pavel Katchalov on Russian Mental Health Services


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 14, 2016 How To Do Life
A short-short story about a man who followed his fathers advice.