Essential Reads

Immigrant Muslim Couples and Domestic Violence

By Lisa Aronson Fontes Ph.D. on September 22, 2017 in Invisible Chains
Non-Muslims are often uncertain how to help Muslim victims of intimate partner violence. Parveen Ali, Ph.D., advocates for greater understanding and activism to keep women safe.

Refining the Definition of Synchronicity

Our cosmos is finely tuned by numerous constants without which life on Earth would not be. Some of these coincidences have probabilities much lower than any personal coincidence.

Why Does God Want to Kill Me?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in iAge
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

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Real Reasons for Sex Before Marriage

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on July 19, 2017 in The Human Beast
More people today are sexually active before marriage than ever before. The true reasons are practical and have little to do with changing belief systems.

In Kindness Will I Speak

In due season will I speak, not out of season. In truth will I speak, not in falsehood...

Just to Be Safe, Should You Believe in God?

By David Niose on July 16, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Religious doctrines disagree about who gets eternal bliss. Could it be the atheists?

Option B and Option Buddha—Sheryl Sandberg and Kisa Gotami

A review of Sandberg's Option B, and some lessons from Buddhism about grief and mortality.

Navigating Abuse by the Clergy—Part One

Oftentimes, abuse inflicted upon victims by clergy occurs within a context that is religious and is supposed to be safe.

Am I an Illusion?

Is mindfulness the religion of atheists?

Matter- but Not Mind-blind—and Vice Versa

A pioneering study shows mentalism to vary inversely with mechanistic cognition as predicted by the diametric model.

Sacred Values and You

Motherhood and death have psychological power over you because they’re sacred. You can’t question them.
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Be(lie)ve It or Not: Part One

Is belief a psychological condition? Why do we believe what we believe? What does belief mean? Is it many things?

Are We Really Made of Stardust?

We are connected, one to another, in every imaginable way.

Gender Fluidity in the Gods

By Neel Burton M.D. on July 09, 2017 in Hide and Seek
And what it might mean.

Open Message to the West on Canada Day

By Gad Saad Ph.D. on July 01, 2017 in Homo Consumericus
Prospective immigrants must fully adopt the foundational values of their host nations and never the other way around. Immigration is a privilege. Protect free societies.

Reincarnation Research: Just a Coincidence?

Children ages 2-3 sometimes report details of the past lives of other people, claiming to have been that person.

A Short History of Love

By Neel Burton M.D. on June 23, 2017 in Hide and Seek
How love became the new religion.

Beliefs: Twelve Myths You'll Be Relieved to Debunk

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2017 in Ambigamy
Getting realistic about beliefs can go a long way toward peace of mind and better decision-making.

Why Does the Religious Right Hate Your Birth Control?

By Marty Klein PhD on June 19, 2017 in Sexual Intelligence
Scripture doesn't mention birth control. So why are many religious people against it—for you?

When Spirituality and Sexuality Clash

Are sexuality and spirituality naturally antagonistic? Recent research suggests that sexual thoughts can weaken spiritual motivations. Can the two be reconciled?

Getting Straight About Love and Hate

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Ambigamy
We say we have love, not hate, in our hearts. It's not that simple.

Comedy as Church

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Ambigamy
Comedy, like art or religion can be a chance for us to commune together in our unrequitable quest for relief from the messiness of life.

Atheist in Appalachia

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on June 14, 2017 in The Secular Life
What's it like being secular in the Bible Belt?

A Possible Sign from God That He (It) Exists

By Izzy Kalman on June 14, 2017 in Resilience to Bullying
Could it be that a familiar cosmic illusion considered by scientists to be a pure coincidence is actually a clever sign from God to mankind that He exists?

What Would Gandhi Do About Trump?

The science of wisdom can help us deal with turbulent political times!

The Mind of God

"The Mind of God" is an elegant and wise book that leads us to wonder about and fashion our own unique answers to some of the most baffling and vital of questions.

Match Made in Heaven:Couples Who Pray Together Stay Together

Praying with and for your partner may increase relational commitment and satisfaction and decrease chances of straying.
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Does the Brain Create the Mind? Speculation on Consciousness

By Paul L. Nunez PhD on June 09, 2017 in The New Science of Consciousness
What can science tell us about the hard problem, finding the origins of consciousness?

Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in The Secular Life
The tricky balance of supportive empathy and skeptical secularism
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Waking Up

Research shows that spiritual experiences have become more common over the last few decades. What could this mean? Are we collectively "waking up?"

Is Teaching Tolerance the Solution or the Problem?

Tolerance is part of discrimination, which explains why we have intolerance. Acceptance is the answer, not tolerance.
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Your Psychological and Spiritual Development Helps All of Us

The psychosphere, our mental atmosphere, shows how your own individual evolution contributes the the evolution of human consciousness.