Why Winners Win at . . . by Nick Summers. The new science of triumph in sports, business, and life. Read the complete article here.
Marcia Angell reviews four books dealing with mental illness for The New York Review of Books. See here and here.
How to Destroy a Culture in 5 Easy Steps by Joe Carter. See here.
The Brain on Trial by David Eagleman. Advances in brain science are calling into question the volition behind many criminal acts. A leading neuroscientist describes how the foundations of our criminal-justice system are beginning to crumble, and proposes a new [...]
The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell. It seems that Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it. The tally of [...]
Reason Seen More as Weapon Than Path to Truth by Patricia Cohen. For centuries thinkers have assumed that the uniquely human capacity for reasoning has existed to let people reach beyond mere perception and reflex in the search for truth. [...]
David Van Nuys: Goodbye Happiness, Hello Well-Being. See here.
David Schnarch: Sexual Relationships Always Consist of ‘Leftovers’. See here. I wrote a book about sex, which you can download for free here.
Atheists Have Best Sex Lives, Claims Psychologist. See here. GetReligion weighs-in on the article here. Related: An interview with Mark Regnerus about his latest book, Premarital Sex in America.
Wilfred M. McClay: The Moral Economy of Guilt. In his grand and gloomy book Civilization and Its Discontents, Sigmund Freud identified the tenacious sense of guilt as “the most important problem in the development of civilization.” In fact, he continued, [...]
The Real Reason “Chinese Mothers Are Superior”. See here.
Why Relationship Advice Fails To Improve Your Relationship. See here.
How Much of Your Life Do Your Spend Angry? A new survey found that citizens of the United Kingdom spend three-and-a-half years of their lives being angry. Even more remarkable, the causes of their distress were everyday frustrations such as [...]
Experiment Sheds Light on a Part of Your Brain You Should Get to Know Better by John Keenan. A few years back, the Washington Post designed a social experiment to see if commuters would stop a few minutes to listen [...]
Gerry Heisler: Does Christianity Provide Good Self-Statements For Cognitive Behavior Therapy? It’s been well established the benefits of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). The way we self- talk influences our reactions to life events and our feeling about them. I have [...]
New Humanist reviews Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey. Soul Dust is nothing less than Humphrey’s attempt to sketch out a materialist theory of consciousness, and write a “natural history” of the soul.
RD reviews The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement by David Brooks. You can read the Introduction, Chapter 1, and part of Chapter 2 if you click on the book here.
Leon Neyfakh: The Power of Lonely. You hear it all the time: We humans are social animals. We need to spend time together to be happy and functional, and we extract a vast array of benefits from maintaining intimate relationships [...]
“Scientists combat the charge of ideological bias.” Are you expressive, creative, curious and novelty seeking? Chances are, you’re a liberal. Are you organized, conventional, reserved and neat? You’re probably a conservative. The idea that your personal characteristics could be linked [...]