Defeating Love
Jul08

Defeating Love

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love. — Charles M. Schulz For a season so known for gaiety and sun, this summer—at least in Ohio—has been one of dejection and rain. Well. Not that bad. But it as has rained a lot. However, nothing brightens a dreary day better than romance. But if you have already found someone and feel yourself brimming with happiness meant for two, scientific research advises...

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The Psychological Love Potion
Feb18

The Psychological Love Potion

Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come. — Matt Groening For people in romantic relationships, you probably realized that this last Saturday was Valentine’s Day. For people not in romantic relationships, you also probably realized it was Valentine’s Day, but maybe codenamed it something like “Singles Awareness Day.” Either way, you...

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Social Psychology of Christmas
Dec24

Social Psychology of Christmas

There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus; he does not believe in Santa Claus; he is Santa Claus. — Bob Phillips With Christmas just tomorrow, I decided to give you, dear reader, a present. That is, today’s bit of psychophilosophy comes to you in the form of a holiday poem. Enjoy! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Well, not a mouse with a...

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Mirror, Mirror, Am I Really This Good Looking?
Dec03

Mirror, Mirror, Am I Really This Good Looking?

Illusion is the first of all pleasures. — Oscar Wilde. So I don’t know about you, but I put on about 27 pounds after Thanksgiving. And no, we’re not talking muscle here. That’s about 3 pounds of Turkey, 24 pounds of stuffing, and pie. It’s for everyone best interest if I leave out the amount of pie I consumed. But looking in the mirror that Friday after Thanksgiving, or rather, trying to fit into my socks (I keep all my...

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How Facebook Tricks You into Voting
Nov05

How Facebook Tricks You into Voting

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. — Aesop If you read last week’s post (or I should say, when you read last week’s post), you learned that simply changing 3 words was enough to motivate an extra 10–15% of people to go out and vote. I know; so awesome, right? This is why you should tell your friends about this blog. In fact, it seems that one of you did. And that friend was Mark Zuckerberg. If...

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