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My Favorite Psychology Study

Was the good Samaritan more upstanding than everyone else was? Or did he just have more time? This is the story of my favorite psychology study.

Oblivion Isn't Really So Bad

By David Niose on March 06, 2017 in Our Humanity, Naturally
Atheists are sometimes warned that their beliefs offer nothing but oblivion after death — but is that really anything to fear?
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Chemical Enlightenment?

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on March 01, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
The reason why psychedelic drugs like LSD and ayahuasca can't bring true spiritual awakening.

Martyrdom: Worst Idea Ever

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Boundless
Martyrdom as an idea causes massive problems, on both the interpersonal and geopolitical levels.

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Our Lost Atlantis

"We are not thriving. Our people live, but our culture is dying. We are like a stone the ocean beats against. With each year a little more of us is worn away." ---The Lost Empire

A Coincidence Involving the Recent U.S. Power Grid Failure

Like each of us, nations are composed of parts. When a coincidence happens to us, we have ways to understand its use. What about when coincidences happen to a nations?

Why Religion Evolved

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on April 25, 2017 in The Human Beast
Religion consumes up to a tenth of economic productivity in some societies. So it must produce corresponding benefits. What are they?

If God is the Cause, There Are No Coincidences

What can Biblical stories tell us about coincidences?

Why Do People Cherry-Pick Which Science They Accept?

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in Ambigamy
By not explaining why anything matters, science becomes dubious enough that we can easily escape its inconvenient truths.

The Dreams of a Religious Cult Member

What can a thirty-year long dream journal reveal about the life of an ex-member of a religious cult?
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Lessons from Zen Master Grandpa Jerry

By Steve Albrecht DBA on April 19, 2017 in The Act of Violence
Learn to love life's little moments.

Before Adam and Eve

By Phil Zuckerman Ph.D. on April 19, 2017 in The Secular Life
Biblical myths are just that: myths.
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How Mother Nature Became My Therapy

Escaping into nature can help us recover from our depression and anxiety while simultaneously allowing us to be free. "The mountains are calling and I must go..." -John Muir.

What Mythology Reveals about the Mind

By John A. Johnson Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Cui Bono
"That is a myth," usually means "That is not true." But can myths reveal truths about the mind? And did you know that the stories you tell about yourself can be useful myth-making?

The Power of Pilgrimage (Part 1 of 2)

By Gregg Levoy on April 18, 2017 in Passion!
Questioning is at the heart of spiritual journeying, of leaving home for a time to seek answers to your burning questions. Here’s an argument in favor of taking up your bedroll.

The Gestalt of Zeal and Ardor

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on April 18, 2017 in Brick by Brick
Manuel Gagneux is one raw and confrontational motherfucker.

Fallingwater: Where Design, Structure, & Psychology Converge

Asked to describe Fallingwater in one word, its owner replied, "Romance." Frank Lloyd Wright used design and structure to evoke psychological reactions.
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The Self is Not an Illusion

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on April 14, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Spiritual teachings that tell us that to become "enlightened" means to lose your sense of self may be misleading. Spiritual awakening means a new self, not no self.

Communicating With the Dead: Mediums, Séances, Ouija Boards

There has long been a keen interest in finding a way to communicate with the dead. How better to manage our own uncertainty about life in the hereafter?
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What is a Near Death Experience?

The profound effects of NDE's, noticeable to others, include becoming more tranquil and reflective, pursuing revised goals and higher values with renewed determination.
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The Feelings That Underlie Our Criticisms

The tendency to be critical is very human, yet it often has destructive effects in our relationships. Uncovering our truer, more vulnerable feelings is a powerful way to connect.

The Power of Awe: "A Star Is Born" Images and the Small Self

New mind-blowing photographs of a star being born 500 years ago reaffirm the "awesome" power of nature to promote self-transcendence, the small self, and prosocial behaviors.

Do You Feel Disrespected at Work?

Is your workplace disrespectful?

Hope

Hope remains, psychologically, a paradoxical mental phenomenon.
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The World Is Not an Illusion

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Some spiritual teachers claim that the world is an illusion. But true spirituality means that the world becomes more real, not less.
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It's Not Whether You Win or Lose But How You Tell Your Story

Although we can't always control the plotline of our lives, happy endings are often a matter of choice.
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Having a Religion Doesn't Help You, But Practicing One Does

Religious with a practice? Religious without a practice? No religion? Learn new research on these 3 groups and practical strategies for each.

Dancing in the Face of Death

What response is possible to an event that is as horrific as the shootings at the Pulse nightclub?
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A Thought-Free Life

If bad thoughts are bad for us, and even good thoughts are bad for us, what options do we have?

Life and Death in Every Moment

When I embrace life and death in every moment it makes life richer.

All About Deepak

Are there ways to include mindfulness practices in our everyday lives?

Soul Recovery

By Tara Brach Ph.D. on March 28, 2017 in Finding True Refuge
When the path is illuminated by loving awareness, even the most broken heart will find its way home.

Love It Forward: The Radical Wisdom of Jeff Brown

By Mark Matousek on March 28, 2017 in Ethical Wisdom
Jeff Brown delivers uncommon wisdom—uncommonly well—to his large online community.

In Defense of Language

It is critical that we respect our only means of making sense of our world.