Psychology of torture

Stanley Milgram’s experiments were not so much about proving a hypothesis as it was to perform a play. It was poor science, but great art…
Stanley Milgram’s experiments were not so much about proving a hypothesis as it was to perform a play. It was poor science, but great art… [More]

The bias fighters

Even the most egalitarian white people are guilty of bias, and one bias in particular: They assume the worst about black people…
Even the most egalitarian white people are guilty of bias, and one bias in particular: They assume the worst about black people… [More]

History and psychology of hold music

“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”…
“Hold is the true purgatory of modern existence,” says Tom Vanderbilt, “a place of temporary damnation, filled not with cleansing fire but a gentle wash of music”… [More]

Evolution and the Extent of Explanatory Power

While I think many explanatory models built on evolutionary frameworks are very informative and explanatorily sufficient, I’m pretty skeptical of current attempts to develop a grand evolutionary history that is based around reverse-engineering phenotypes to genotypes and genotypes to pre-historic precursors to modern biological functions.
While I think many explanatory models built on evolutionary frameworks are very informative and explanatorily sufficient, I’m pretty skeptical of current attempts to develop a grand evolutionary history that is based around reverse-engineering phenotypes to genotypes and genotypes to pre-historic precursors to modern biological functions. [More]

Maleficent & Rape: Rape Culture

In my previous essay I focused on the matter of metaphors in the context of Hayley Krischer’s claim that the movie Maleficent includes a rape scene. In this essay I will take on a rather more
In my previous essay I focused on the matter of metaphors in the context of Hayley Krischer’s claim that the movie Maleficent includes a rape scene. In this essay I will take on a rather more [More]

Search for psychology’s lost boy

The identity of Little Albert, the baby terrified by psychologists in a filmed experiment, has been unknown for a century. Until now, perhaps…
The identity of Little Albert, the baby terrified by psychologists in a filmed experiment, has been unknown for a century. Until now, perhaps… [More]

Defining Our Gods

The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable,
The theologian Alvin Plantinga was interviewed for The Stone this weekend, making the claim that Atheism is Irrational. His conclusion, however, seems to allow that agnosticism is pretty reasonable, [More]

Mathematics of happiness debunked

Positive psychology was supposed to bring rigor to the study of human flourishing. That was the promise. But Nick Brown saw bunk…
Positive psychology was supposed to bring rigor to the study of human flourishing. That was the promise. But Nick Brown saw bunk… [More]

The Daily Owl 9-22-2013

Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. (James)
Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is. (James) [More]

The Daily Owl 9-21-2013

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. (Dostoevsky)
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. (Dostoevsky) [More]