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  • 13 Feb 2024
    Gerd Gigerenzer

    The Intelligence of Intuition

    Intuition is an ultimate experience, beyond words: We know more than we can tell. This phenomenon upsets many who believe in rationality as a purely conscious activity. People often confuse intuition with a sixth sense or the arbitrary judgments of inept decision makers. But intuition is neither caprice nor irrationality; it is unconscious intelligence based […]

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  • 27 Nov 2023
    Feature image of green fields and windmills against a blue sky with puffy clouds. Blog #4 of the Psychology and its Antecedents series
    Keith A. Houde, James F. Brennan

    Psychology’s Voice in Environmental Advocacy

    Blog #4 in the ‘Psychology and its Antecedents’ series On October 16th in the United States, the Public Broadcasting Service premiered a new Ken Burns film, The American Buffalo. This program examines the story of the buffalo, or American Bison, from its emergence as a modern species about 10,000 years ago, at about the same […]

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  • 16 Aug 2023
    Feature image showing statue of man for James F. Brennan's blog "Men, Masculinity, & Psychology"
    James F. Brennan

    Men, Masculinity, & Psychology

    Blog #3 in the, Psychology and its Antecedents, series Earlier this summer, several articles appeared in the New York Times about masculinity and how the concept and its expectations are evolving in our social interactions. Some of this interest was prompted by a book (Manhood: The Masculine Virtues America Needs, Regnery Publishing, 2023) by a […]

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  • 30 Apr 2023
    Matthias Mahlmann

    Human rights secured? Don’t bet on it!

    1. Challenges ahead Human rights are contested. This comes as no surprise because they always have been. In recent years, however, new forms of criticism have emerged that merit close attention because of at least four reasons: First, these (often radical) criticisms may be justified and thus provide insights and a better guide to action […]

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  • 6 Mar 2023
    James F. Brennan

    Does Psychology Crowd Out Its Antecedents?

    Scholars have looked to various possible explanations of our world, from the spiritual realm to physical nature, as well as internally to ourselves. As a species, our intellectual life over time seems progressively effective. That is, our cognitive and intellectual capabilities and achievements have improved, so that we seem better able to thrive within our […]

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  • 9 Dec 2022
    Robert Friedland

    The new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease is only modestly effective: What else can we do now?

    The media have been busy in discussion with the results of a large clinical trial that is a new monoclonal antibody therapy, designed to treat patients with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. On November 29th, the data was released from the clinical trial, developed by Eisai and Biogen. The outcomes show that the antibody, […]

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  • 30 Aug 2022
    Mark Bartholomew

    What Is Art?

    What is art? That’s at the heart of a copyright dispute involving two artists who both did the same thing: tape a banana to a wall. A federal court in Florida waded into the issue in July. Beginning his opinion with the question, “Can a banana taped to a wall be art?,” a Miami judge […]

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  • 7 Jun 2022
    Ken Richardson

    Understanding Intelligence

    There are a lot of questions about the validity of IQ tests and the nature of ‘intelligence’. Ken Richardson, author of Understanding Intelligence tries to tackle the problem at the heart of the subject of intelligence by putting intelligence in the context of living functions.

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