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Tag: Mind and Psychology

Mala Chatterjee

Generative AI has made it possible to create lifelike models of real people. Should we?

David J. Chalmers

Within the next decade, we may well have systems that are serious candidates for consciousness.

Daniel Williams

In Foolproof, psychologist Sander van der Linden compares misinformation to viral infection—and claims to have a vaccine. 

Essiah Ritchie

My son’s violent illness humbled my sense of control and transformed my understanding of what it means to parent.

Rachel Fraser

Epiphanies can prompt us to view the world differently, a new book contends. But they are no substitute for ethical and political debate.

Micki McElya

The gender politics of Positive Psychology valorize the nuclear family and heterosexual monogamy.

Marco Ramos

Decades of biological research haven't improved diagnosis or treatment. We should look to society, not to the brain.

Annie Howard
Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven reminds us of the radical power of collective imagination.
John Summers

The Judge Rotenberg Center, a Massachusetts school, still uses electric shock therapy to punish disabled students. How can an entire field of mental health accept this as fine?

Oded Na’aman

How philosophical thinking can make truthfulness possible even when the truth can barely be fathomed.

Greg Eghigian

This summer, an intelligence report and a new Harvard research project have renewed the public’s interest in UFOs. But neither is likely to change many minds.

Jonathan M. Metzl

Trump is only the latest to exploit it. A new path forward must address the structures that sustain it.

Mark D. Jordan

Adhering to a particular sexual or gender identity may mean abandoning the things that make us most unique. So why has identity become the default for talking about who we are and what we desire?

Agnes Callard
A new book wants us to navigate life’s crossroads with the precision of a military exercise. But personal decisions are more difficult than even the most consequential political decisions.
Deborah Chasman, Merve Emre
The Myers-Briggs Bias: An Interview with Merve Emre
David Auerbach
Through the experience of parenting his daughter, a software developer came to see Google and Facebook as the first digital children. 
F. M. Kamm

What constitutes a good death? On end-of-life care and assisted suicide.

Andrew Stark

Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman transformed how we think about economics and human behavior.

Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

Protest is not merely a matter of personal awakening, but of organizing and mobilizing the power needed to change social relations.

Heather Treseler

A stunning trove of letters from Elizabeth Bishop to her therapist sheds light on the personal secrets that shaped her poetry.

Claude S. Fischer
A bad environment can worsen the life chances not only of a child, but that of the child’s child.
Claude S. Fischer
Do they affect individuals and societies more or less than do material circumstances such as economic incentives, physical constraints, and military force?
Claude S. Fischer
How egoism can also lead to self-defeating self-blame.
Anne Fausto-Sterling

Brain images are ubiquitous and compelling, but the science behind them is not.

Alan A. Stone

If there is a moral limit to artistic license, director Alice Winocour has gone beyond it in Augustine.

Claude S. Fischer

The success of humanitarian appeals  is not a given of human nature. They work because we have come to sympathize with the suffering of others, distant and alien.

Barbara H. Fried

The philosophy of personal responsibility has ruined criminal justice and economic policy. It's time to move past blame.

Claude S. Fischer

The decades-long rise in IQs suggests that intelligence is not biologically fixed.

Alan A. Stone
Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. 
Hal Stucker

The gun in my pocket was a declaration that the city had broken the social contract.

Claude S. Fischer

Does e-dating undermine our commitment to any one person?

Claude S. Fischer

Should economists be studying happiness?

Claude S. Fischer

We are entering the season of the Great American Choice, the quadrennial selection of our leader.

Claude S. Fischer

The “culture of poverty” isn’t about moral failure but about reasonable adaptation to circumstances.

Sandra J. Tanenbaum
A fierce debate that ignores patients.
Claude S. Fischer

Isolation Isn’t a Growing Problem

Matt Gallagher

Have recent events in Afghanistan brought the war to a critical turning point? For U.S. troops stationed there, little has changed.

Roger Boylan

Julian Barnes asks: How much of what we think makes us special is only a trick of memory?

Alex Byrne

Philosophers ponder the afterlife.

David V. Johnson, Vivian Gornick

An interview with Vivian Gornick about the mother of anarchism.

Alan A. Stone

David Cronenberg’s new film, A Dangerous Method.

Alan A. Stone
Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne's L'Enfant.
Rebecca Saxe
What can we learn from the wild child?
Alex Byrne
Understanding consciousness may be easier than we thought.
Alex Byrne
Why some philosophers say we can’t.
Rebecca Saxe

Cognitive science’s search for a common morality.

Rebecca Saxe
How our brains help us understand other people.

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