Psychology

The FDA and Banning Shock Therapy

The FDA is currently debating whether skin shocking devices should be banned for use on patients with autism and developmental/intellectual disabilities that display self-harmful...

Can moral laws exist without God? A brief introduction to “Robust...

Last week we published the abstract of Erik Wielenberg's new book, Robust Ethics: The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Godless Normative Realism. In this guest post,...

Is Envy Always Malicious? (Part One)

Imagine you check your email and find a congratulatory message from your boss announcing that your colleague has just been promoted. This colleague joined...

Consumerism, Capitalism, and Personal Identity

Shopping hangovers are just as real of a threat at this time of year as the drinking ones. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday...

Is Envy Always Malicious? (Part Two)

When I was 8, I started ballet. I was a disciplined kid who took everything seriously, and dance quickly became a great passion of  mine....

Hypocrisy: The Universal Trait of Mankind

Hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. Hypocrites are usually disliked and...

Diagnosis from a Distance: The Ethics of the Goldwater Rule

Debates around psychiatrists' role in the political sphere have taken on new life under Donald Trump's presidency.
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Addiction, Free Will, and St. Anselm

"Is addiction a choice or a disease? If it is a disease, is it acquired because of voluntary behavior, or caused by biological or societal factors? Can addicts simply stop using drugs?"
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Is it Fair to Blame President Trump’s Behavior on Mental Illness?

Trump's presidency has led many to struggle with the ethics of trying to diagnose any mental illness he might have - and whether such illness would even justify his behavior.
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Debunking the Marshmallow Myth: Rationality in Scarcity

The marshmallow test was supposed to show that delayed gratification sets kids up for success, but it actually betrays classed biases.