Are Safe Spaces Helpful?
May24

Are Safe Spaces Helpful?

People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. — Soren Kierkegaard At the commencement address for University of Notre Dame’s 2017 graduating class, Vice President Pence had the following to say: Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness—all of which amounts to...

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Shocking Statistics
May17

Shocking Statistics

In America, the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. — Ronald Wright Let’s begin today with a little game: First, I want you to click on this link and read the instructions/description on that page. Once you’ve done that, I’d like you to actually ask yourself: How do you believe the wealth is currently divided in the US? For example, of the top 20% earners, how much of...

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Robot Psychology
Apr26

Robot Psychology

We’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves. — Ken Goldberg If you watch The Terminator, robots aren’t really that great to humans—unless being besties in the future entails enslavement and eradication. Indeed, most movies with “sentient” robots paint them somewhat malevolently (e.g., The Matrix; I, Robot; all of the other Terminator movies). In our own reality, though, even Bill Gates, Elon...

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The History of Humans
Jan18

The History of Humans

Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. —Charles Darwin Today, I left for San Antonio to attend the annual conference for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology, where I (my mouth still speckled with BBQ sauce I’m sure) will engage with the research of thousands who are trying to understand and explain human behavior.  But to really see the “why” behind what humans...

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The World’s Greatest Problem
Dec07

The World’s Greatest Problem

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.  — Laurens Van der Post People often ask me: What’s your favorite theory in social psychology? But often what I think they’re really asking is what’s the most important theory? So let me tell you: naïve realism. Naïve realism asserts that humans have a natural tendency to believe that the world they see is...

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