The Myth of Pure Evil

Written on October 27, 2008. Written by .

Three Wise Monkeys What the monkeys knew about evil. Photo courtesy of Shenghung Lin In The Happiness Hypothesis, Jonathan Haidt discusses a phenomenon that he calls “the myth of pure evil”, which refers to psychological tendency for people to imagine that they are purely good (or right) and others are purely evil (or wrong). This […]

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Demystifying Meditation

Written on October 13, 2008. Written by .

Meditation A rational approach to meditation. Photo courtesy of Gurumustuk Singh I have heard a lot of good things about meditation, but the information always seems muddled. I once scoured the bookstore looking for the most scientific book on meditation I could find and I ended up with one called “How to Meditate” by Lawrence […]

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Mindfulness and Transcendence

Written on October 5, 2008. Written by .

Zen An analysis of Zen concepts. Photo courtesy of Rickydavid A large part of our subjective experience is based on the way we perceive things to be. A rainy day can be a downer if all you think about is how it cancelled your soccer match, but it can also be a pleasure if you […]

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Written on September 22, 2008. Written by .

Sweet Release “They don’t grow unless you let them go…” Photo courtesy of darkmatter Trying really hard to accomplish your goals has one unfortunate side effect – it naturally makes you concerned with the outcome. It makes sense. If you invest a lot of effort in something, you now have something to lose if you […]

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The Heirarchy of Value

Written on July 13, 2008. Written by .

Boat Dock What are the fundamental values in life? Photo courtesy of tearsandrain What provides direct value to a human being? Some would answer along the lines of such things as money, love, and power. But to get at the true answer, we need to consider the nature of humans. We are an animal species […]

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Psychological Distortion

Written on June 29, 2008. Written by .

Reading There are many ways that psychology can distort our perception of reality. Photo courtesy of ©athrine A while ago I decided that I was sick of wasting my life doing homework that really wasn’t teaching me anything. I am experienced enough to know that most homework feels useless, but I was sure that this homework actually was […]

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Fear and Maturity

Written on June 15, 2008. Written by .

Maturity A hypothesis about the consequences of fear in modern culture. Photo courtesy of globalindex After a lot of introspection and conversation with others, I have come to believe that there is a causal connection between fear and maturity. At some point an individual will be faced with the question of how they are going […]

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