Essential Reads

Is Consciousness a Ghost in the Machine?

How does consciousness arise from physical matter?

Consciousness and Empathy

While much of human intelligence does not require one to be consciously aware of it, empathy may be something that necessitates phenomenal consciousness.

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.

More Posts on Philosophy

The Impact of Death on our Everyday Lives

Defensive reactions to personal trauma, separation issues, and especially death anxiety impact our lives at three distinct levels.

The Decline of Trust

By Robert L. Leahy Ph.D. on October 18, 2016 in Anxiety Files
In almost all areas of our lives trust has declined—and it has been on the decline for decades.

Our Evolving Sense of Identity

Renew you spirit with these scientific discoveries.

Nietzsche vs. the Batek

Could Nietzsche’s 'Superman' survive in a traditional human society?

Stoic Truths for a Digital World

By John Sean Doyle on October 14, 2016 in Luminous Things
At every turn there are advertisers ready to sell us an image that speaks to our vulnerabilities and dreams. The Stoics tell us something about living the life we want to live.

Stoicism Doesn’t Mean Emotionless

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 08, 2016 in How To Do Life
An under-considered approach to life
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The Danger of Claiming That Rights Come From God

By David Niose on October 06, 2016 in Our Humanity, Naturally
To many, there's an appeal to the argument that rights come from God. But freedom is much more secure if we realize that rights flow from humanity progress.

Can You Be Secular and Still Love Jesus?

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in The Secular Life
Can one admire Jesus, even if you don't believe that he's the Son of God?

Discovering Your Purpose

By John T. Chirban Ph.D, Th.D. on October 03, 2016 in Alive Inside!
Does your life have purpose? How do you know if you’re making the best of it? Where do you find the answers?

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.