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How we find meaning in life.
Roy F Baumeister
If meaning, symbolism, and social reality are real AND are not physical things, then not all reality is physical.
Bargh and Baumeister debated free will for 90 minutes at the giant SPSP convention in Tampa. These are Baumeister's thoughts after the debate.
Do human beings have free will? Or is every human action the inevitable result of prior events and external causes? Or both?
Determinism is the belief in the 100 percent inevitability of everything that happens. That requires a huge leap of faith.
The John Edwards confession should nudge us to realize that we cannot afford to disqualify political candidates based on sex.
Suppose companies find they can increase profits by preferentially hiring people raised by two parents. What should psychology, and society, do?
To allow our language’s communicative efficacy to deteriorate would be f**kingly stupid. What should be the adverb form of f**king? And what does it mean? If something is ridiculous but not f**kingly ridiculous, how would one express that?
To gain perspective on human financial decisions, one may ask, what would monkeys do?
Why do celebrity relationships fail? Narcissism is a likely culprit. It is good for starting but not for sustaining relationships.
Seeing a quiet, gentle man thrown into a desperate situation and taking heroic responsibility to care for others might just inspire some of our boys to become better men.
How could a man leave his wife and children for another woman?
Money enables the owner to move the social system, to give him what he wants.
Nature vs. culture over population
A recent conference highlighted the dwindling presence of behavior in psychology, the so-called science of behavior.
The outcome in Iraq presents challenges and opportunities for psychology.
Roy F. Baumeister is Eppes Eminent Scholar, Professor of Psychology, and head of the social psychology graduate program at Florida State University.