The Mind of a Terrorist
Oct11

The Mind of a Terrorist

There’s nothing more dangerous in this world than a humiliated man. — Kai Anderson, American Horror Story: Cult It’s hard to turn on the news these days with humans committing more and more extreme acts against one another. Whether that is explicit terrorism or a horrific mass shooting, in response to these events, we often (rightfully) feel anger. Anger, though, is often a “secondary” emotion. That is, we use anger to protect...

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Sins of Science
Aug16

Sins of Science

Racism is man’s greatest threat to man–the maximum of hatred for the minimum of reason. — Abraham Heschel I am outraged by the explicit racism that transpired this weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, and I am livid at hearing others defend it. To quote Marco Rubio: “The organizers of events which inspired and led to the Charlottesville Terrorist Attack are 100% to blame…When [an] entire movement [is] built on anger...

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Questioning Our Beliefs
Oct06

Questioning Our Beliefs

The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion draws all things else to support and agree with it. — Sir Francis Bacon If humans could answer one question to solve the world’s problems, it would be this: How do you persuade someone to believe something other than what they do? Or so begins my free course on the psychology of persuasion. But I stand by that claim: if we could convince political parties to compromise...

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Xtreme!
Sep21

Xtreme!

Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety. — Moliere As gray as the world really is, people are seeing it more and more as black and white. Acts are either good or evil. Opinions are either right or wrong. You’re either Team Edward or Team Jacob. Is that joke too dated? You probably thought either yes or no. Although there are plenty of issues that arise from viewing the world in these...

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Nighttime Hallucinations
Aug03

Nighttime Hallucinations

A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it. — Bertrand Russell Alongside 30% of the population, sometimes I struggle with insomnia. Like last night, for example, I couldn’t locate the Sandman till well past 5:00AM, neither my thoughts nor my heart rate able to slow to slumbering speeds. One useful sleep technique that received some national attention (though only anecdotally...

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