In part 1 of this post, I discussed
the situationist analysis of the “banality” of evil and of heroism
respectively. To recap, according to Phil Zimbardo and colleagues, both heroic
acts and evil acts occur primarily in response to situational factors, rath...
According to an unpublished study that has attracted attention recently, cat people are more intelligent than dog people. Details of the study and its findings are provided in this press release , and it has been widely reported on many websites, such as Ti...
In a previous post ,
I discussed how there seems to be a trend today to regard having a Facebook
account as a sort of quick and dirty indicator of normal social adjustment, and
employers – very unfairly – regard people who choose not to use the si...
Parapsychology has been a controversial subject from its
very inception. Many scientists have expressed doubts that psi – the broad term for paranormal phenomena such as telepathy,
precognition, and psychokinesis – is real or that parapsychology is a genuin...
Many studies have linked adolescent cannabis use and risk of becoming psychotic later in
life. However, the question of whether cannabis use actually causes some people
to become psychotic is a difficult one to answer and the evidence remains
What moves a person to become a hero or a villain? Do people
perform heroic actions, acts which involve genuine risk to themselves, because
they are special people, or is it just a matter of circumstance, being in the
right place at the right time? Do peopl...
Blasphemy is a naturally controversial subject. In modern
Western countries there is a tension between the liberal democratic tradition
upholding the right to freedom of expression on the one hand and the desire not
to offend religious sensibilities on the ...
The emotion of awe is a self-transcendent one, in the sense that the experience of awe entails a feeling of being confronted with something much greater than oneself. Many people think of awe as a particularly religious emotion and therefore seem to assume ...
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