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Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Ideology

We can celebrate marriage equality but let's resist marriage ideology

It Is Time to Legalize and Accept Same-Sex Marriage

Research supports the growing majority of public opinion on same-sex marriage.

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

Social dysfunction can be traced to the abandonment of reason

#transracial

Rachel Dolezai forces us to consider the unthinkable.

Recent Posts on Politics

Fighting Back Against Bias in "Intellectualism" or "Reason"

By Ravi Chandra M.D. on June 28, 2015 in The Pacific Heart
David Niose's arguments against anti-intellectualism are interesting, but betray some significant cognitive distortions. Reason, in the end, cannot be totally free of bias without humility and relationship.

Fighting Back Against Anti-intellectualism

By David Niose on June 28, 2015 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Anti-intellectualism is rampant in America, but we shouldn't rely on intellectuals to eradicate it.

Scalia's Dissent; A Direct Attack on American Democracy

In his outrageous dissent in the gay marriage ruling by the Supreme Court, Justice Antonin Scalia directly states in several ways that American's should not trust the Supreme Court, and should question American Democracy itself.

The Psychological Benefits of Legalized Gay Marriage

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in More Than Mortal
Marriage provides psychological security and meaning. And now these benefits are fully available to same-sex couples.

Supreme Court Upholds Marriage Ideology

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in Love, Inc
We can celebrate the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality without swallowing the Supreme Court's marriage ideology.

How Do You Feel About Giving Human Rights to Corporations?

By Ruth Lee Johnson J.D. on June 26, 2015 in So Sue Me
People do not realize this, but the United States Supreme Court has been treating corporations increasingly like human beings — by giving them fundamental rights. Is this crazy? Is this dangerous?

It Is Time to Legalize and Accept Same-Sex Marriage

Researchers, the majority of the American public, and even advertisers are calling for acceptance of same-sex marriage—isn’t it time the Supreme Court and our legal system followed suit?

What the Charleston Massacre Does Not Tell Us About Racism

It is too convenient to allow events such as the AME shooting to represent what racism looks like.

What Would the Buddha Do?

By David P. Barash Ph.D. on June 24, 2015 in Pura Vida
It's a kind of dog-car problem: a dog who chases cars eventually catches one. What does he do with it? Similarly, when we catch a violent perpetrator, what should we do with him?

Can Changing a Symbol Change People's Attitudes?

By Karl Albrecht Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in BrainSnacks
Maybe the attachment that some Southern people feel toward the Confederate flag is less an expression of overt racism (which it certainly seems to be, in part), and more an expression of a lingering cultural/historical sense of loss and defeat they feel for the disastrous outcome of the Civil War. Could abolishing the flag lead to a new sense of Southern identity?

Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America

By David Niose on June 23, 2015 in Our Humanity, Naturally
America's social and political dysfunction is rooted in dangerous pathology: anti-intellectualism.

Selma and I Turn 50: Thoughts & Feelings About Charleston SC

By Kyle D Killian Ph.D. on June 22, 2015 in Intersections
Yes, black lives matter, but your mileage may vary.

Ignorance About Race Is Killing Us

If we don’t seriously engage the problem underlying Race in the USA, more people will die and many more will continue to suffer

3 Reactions to the Massacre That May Serve the Terrorist

The long term answer to racism will be to decrease the prevalence of situations where race matters, but the conundrum is that while racism exists, efforts to decrease this prevalence are usually efforts by the privileged to draw attention away from their privilege.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Tyrant Away

By Gregg Murray Ph.D. on June 21, 2015 in Caveman Politics
This simple question predicts a person's health and their likelihood of turning out to vote pretty well.

Charleston: 8 Questions About Race and Guns for Republicans

By Stanton Peele on June 19, 2015 in Addiction in Society
Can we try to get beyond the meaningless banalities uttered by politicians following the Charleston mass murder, with a gun, by a probable racist?

How Trump Has Already Trumped Reagan

By Christopher Ryan on June 19, 2015 in Civilized to Death
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." –Mark Twain

Francis Underwood: Classic Sociopath?

An analysis of Francis Underwood from House of Cards.

Time to Work Together

By Paul Gionfriddo on June 19, 2015 in Finding Tim
The issues that we hope will be debated in Congress this year will put some focus on screening, on earlier identification and intervention regarding mental health concerns, on integrating health and behavioral health care, and on evaluating programs to assure that they lead people to recovery, not to more serious illness and worse outcomes. Surely we can agree on this.

Which of Us Has Looked Into His Father's Heart?

By Pythia Peay on June 19, 2015 in America On The Couch
A man of his time, Joe Carroll had been shaped by previous eras as much as his era had shaped my own. Like one of those Chinese nesting boxes, his psyche had been formed by the psyches of each of his own parents, who had in turn been shaped by events of their time—and so on back through generations.

Dylann Roof Is White Like Me

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 19, 2015 in Social Studies
Dylann Roof is a terrorist. But his terrorism was committed in the name of white supremacy and cannot be excised from white culture, white history, white politics and white money. In other words, Dylann Roof is white like me.

No Tile Left Behind

So although America should be a beautiful mosaic, it is not. Far too many of America’s tiles are missing, mislaid, left behind, disenfranchised, excluded, subjugated, abused, broken, and oppressed. Instead, America’s mosaic is an ugly, incomplete piece of art in need of skilled artisans to repair and complete her.

New York: The Gilded City

Are we in another gilded age, with a widening gap between the rich and the poor? How does New York City in particular represent this new age?

#transracial

By Laurie Essig Ph.D. on June 14, 2015 in Social Studies
Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner force us to face the messiness of our true selves.

Stories of Seclusion: He's Out of Step With the Times

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2015 in How To Do Life
A conservative who feels dismissed by the mainstream.

Is Ethical Nudging an Oxymoron?

A new research article published this week by prominent psychologist, Gerd Girgerenzer (author of best-selling 'Risk Savvy') potentially radically debunks decades of behavioural economic research which underpins 'nudging' associated with the 'psychological state'.

Where Have All the Members Gone?

By Roy Eidelson Ph.D. on June 04, 2015 in Dangerous Ideas
Milton Strauss was a member of the American Psychological Association for almost fifty years. His recent resignation is further evidence that the APA’s leadership has failed its members and the profession.

Rejecting Evolutionary Psychology Is Rejecting Evolution

Behavior is the result of the nervous system – which is the result of eons of natural selection. Rejecting evolutionary psychology, thus, is the same as rejecting evolution itself.

Should Anonymous Comments Be Banned on Blogs?

Would banning anonymous comments keep Internet trolls away? What are the arguments for and against a ban?

The Importance of Evidence-based Practice

By APA Division 15 on June 02, 2015 in PsychEd
In virtually every professional field, a research-to-practice gap exists in which some practices shown to be effective by scientific research are seldom used in applied settings, but some commonly implemented practices are not empirically validated and may be ineffective or even harmful. Thus, great opportunity exists for those who employ research-based practices.