Saturday, May 30, 2009


5/30/09. Psychologist Jonathan Haidt talks about his research on morality --- looking at morality from a politically liberal and conservative perspective.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


5/21/09. Evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller applies science to tell us why buying more stuff doesn't lead to happiness.

Edwin S. Shneidman dies

5/21/09. Dr. Shneidman was a psychologist who established the study of suicide as an interdisciplinary field and was chief of the first national suicide prevention program at the National Institute of Mental Health.

The Climate-Industrial Complex

5/21/09. Bjorn Lomborg is a former member of Greenpeace. He is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus, a think tank, and author of "Cool it: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming."

Thursday, May 14, 2009

What Makes Us Happy?

5/14/09. Some of the best information in psychology is gleaned from longitudinal studies --- and the Harvard study of men graduates who are now in their 80's is among the most informative. This article reviews the pioneering, creative work of the director of this study, psychiatrist George Vaillant.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Monday Quotations


"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."
"Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man."

--- Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

"The poem must resist the intelligence, / Almost successfully.

--- Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Science, Spirituality, and Some Mismatched Socks

5/09/09. Quantum physics is turning up evidence that the world is not only strange, but stranger than we can imagine.

Two particles, for example, seem to communicate with each other instantly, even when they're billions of miles apart. These discoveries are used to improve data encryption, and push philosophers to sit up and take notice of signs of unknown forces perhaps akin to the spiritual dimension.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monday Quotations


"Two things people throughout history have had in common are hatred and humor. I am proud that, like Mark Twain, I have been able to use humor to lessen people's hatred."

--- Richard Pryor (1940 - 2005)

"Humour is by its nature, more truthful than factual."

--- P.J. O'Rourke (1947 - )

"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them."

--- George Orwell (1903 - 1950)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Genius - The Modern View

5/2/09. When asked how he became such a productive professional, a famous psychologist replied, "80/20 --- I put in 80 hours a week for 20 years."