Spirituality Essential Reads

Can Putting a Price on a Kidney Save Lives?

The idea of putting a value on a human organ seems bizarre—and even unconscionable. But I suggest those intuitions do us more harm than good.

Simulation Break-Out

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One Among Many
The great simulation, like the matrix, is a religious idea. And as wrong.

Why Are Scientists So Close-Minded?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on October 07, 2016 in Talking Apes
The more you learn about the brain, the more you question the religious teachings of your childhood.

Are You Avoiding Your Fate?

Are you avoiding doing what you're supposed to do with your life? The Old Testament story of Jonah has a message for you.

When You’re of Two Minds, Admit It

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on September 21, 2016 in Ambigamy
Is integrity being consistent or is it being honest about your inconsistency? It's both and the latter matters more.

God Is Watching You

By Mark van Vugt Ph.D. on September 15, 2016 in Naturally Selected
Is God our Big Brother who watches over us to make sure we do not do anything bad or foolish?

Becoming Awed, Part 1

By Kirk J. Schneider Ph.D. on September 11, 2016 in Awakening to Awe
An interview with Experience Life Magazine

Did Religion Evolve to Benefit the Weak or the Powerful?

Who benefits most from religion? You may think you know, but these three observations will make you reconsider.

Watching A Bird Die

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Listen Up!
Many of us avoid the topic of dying. Spending some time with death can deepen our engagement with life.

Do Coincidences Signal It’s ‘Meant to Be’ or Not?

All coincidences are best not painted with the "It's all good." paint brush

Two Ways of Seeing the World

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on August 30, 2016 in Out of the Darkness
What makes 'civilized' western peoples different from indigenous peoples such as Native Americans? Our relationship to nature is psychopathic, whereas theirs was reverential.

Add a Dose of Skepticism to Whatever You Believe

A finely honed doubt is as beautiful as a deeply held belief.

Being Dead

Professor Andrew Stark searches for ways for those who do not believe in an afterlife to accept mortality. But in the end, he is unable to escape stark psychological realities.

Serendipity: A Store, a Movie and a Coincidence

A movie has replaced the original definition of serendipity.

How I Became Friends With the Dalai Lama

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on July 29, 2016 in Face It!
A friendship with the Dalai Lama is no small matter, even when you're a world renowned psychologist.

Can Possession Be a Good Thing?

Possession is common in many spiritual traditions – is that a good or a bad thing?

The Disunited States of America and the Bystander Effect

By Sean Cort on July 18, 2016 in The Power of Perspective
Our nation is actually a 'nation-family' and we are suffering from an illness that could prove fatal.

Honesty Isn't Enough

The intersection of authenticity and empathy: Sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.

The Six Steps to Sacred Citizenship

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on July 05, 2016 in Finding Love
According to Stephen Dinan, author of the Sacred America, there are six steps each of us can take that create world-change and personal joy. Here are those six steps:

What We Learn From Our Pets

By Dan Mager MSW on June 13, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Simply having pets can have wonderful therapeutic value.

What Is the Meaning of Life for You?

Do you have perfect confidence in your life's meaning and purpose? If so, this blog is not for you! But if you have any doubts about your meaning and purpose, dive in!

Surprised These Rockers Are Still Alive?

Why do we so often wait until someone is gone before we openly declare how much they meant to us?
K. Ramsland

To Be or Not To Be: Philosophical Serial Killers

Some serial killers find justification and solace in heady philosophical notions.

The Next Eastern Therapy

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on May 23, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
In need of inspiration and rejuvenation? "Forest bathing" may be the remedy.

The End of P?

Good science should be replicable – though not all replicable science is good. How can psychology become more replicable? I advocate testing less bold hypotheses.

What Do We Know About Atheists?

By Clay Routledge Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in More Than Mortal
Even though atheists make up a small percentage of the population they are not aliens or people to be distrusted or disliked.

Do We Ever Really Say Goodbye to Those We Love?

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on April 24, 2016 in Listen Up!
Perhaps we never really say goodbye to those we've lost: The conversation with them can continue throughout our lives in unexpected ways. And in the most unexpected places.
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Why Are We Always Looking for Certainty in Our Lives?

By Allison Carmen on April 20, 2016 in The Gift of Maybe
We look for certainty to guarantee that everything will be okay, but we're often limiting our opportunities for joy and success. Maybe there is another way!