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Dispatches on emotion, consciousness, and identity
Rami Gabriel Ph.D.
How does one pursue the good life in the midst of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty?
Lubitsch films, like contemporary comedy, reflect a central element of modernity: All is artifice.
How we have used basic psychological responses to understand the specter of illness.
The psychology of contagion reminds us we are attending a party with very fragile boundaries. When an uninvited guest appears, pandemonium ensues.
The images we experience in the dream state can be bizarre, paradoxical, and difficult to replicate, and yet the feelings we have in this state of consciousness are very familiar.
Of all the changes in fashion endemic to youth, the rise in tattoos over the last 30 years may be the most striking. Here are some possible explanations.
How do we imagine cataclysm, the intriguing and terrifying notion of the end of days? And is there an end to the imagination, places to which it cannot carry itself?
If cinema reveals our dreams, then the lonely characters in space films are simply representations of us on earth cosseted by beaming screens and cut off from human contact.
Do we decide what’s fair based upon reasoned judgments or emotions? Considering that our emotions are always on call, this could very well be a trick question.
Interdisciplinarity is an attempt to connect the insights of various disciplines across epistemological landscapes with different horizons.
The question an overpopulated Earth must reckon with is to whom we extend the privileges of humanity.
The secular world is a continuation of Renaissance humanism, but what do the roots of this tradition tell us about its chances for survival in this unnamable present?
The culture of amusement and consumerism, the narcissism of identity games, and drug use as responses to the unnamable present.
How does an individual deal with the massive complexity of day-to-day life in our times?
The world is complicated these days; it has gotten to the point where even having a self is tricky business.
Rami Gabriel, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia College Chicago, where he is a founding Fellow of the Research Group in Mind, Science and Culture.