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January 02, 2015
What about New Year’s Resolutions?
A time-honored custom is to make New Year's resolutions, decisions to use the new beginning...
December 04, 2014
My new book on the imagination
I have published a new book, one that I collaborated on with Matt Ristuccia, an...
November 17, 2014
Why non-conformists look the same
A mathematician took up the topic of hipsters. Specifically, why different individuals who try not...
November 11, 2014
Americans are panicking over Ebola, and authorities are concerned not just to stem the disease...
October 31, 2014
Why do people like to be scared?
Dr. Margee Kerr is a "scare specialist." In addition to college teaching, she is the...
October 14, 2014
Psychology experiments often can’t be replicated
There is currently what is being described as a "crisis" in the field of social
October 10, 2014
Our new insecurity
Terrorism, the shaky economy, and now ebola--these things make us feel insecure. Chris Cillizza says...
October 08, 2014
“Vegetative” patients who respond to Hitchcock
Neuroscientist Adrian Owen has been studying the brain activity of people who are in a...
September 11, 2014
What Christians know about each other
Justin Taylor posts a startling quotation from Dietrich Bonhoeffer from Life Together, about what a...
August 08, 2014
How to identify a narcissist
Psychologists have used a 40-question test to diagnose the condition of narcissism, a syndrome of...
August 04, 2014
Stupid person tricks
One of the latest YouTube "challenges" is to rub alcohol on yourself, set yourself on...
July 07, 2014
The benefits of magic mushrooms
A study of the effects of psychedelic mushrooms is being hailed as revealing positive benefits. ...
June 11, 2014
Imagination & the Christian life
Mathew Block concludes his interview by asking me about what Christians can do to cultivate...
June 06, 2014
Imaginative obstacles to the faith
In the interview with Mathew Block, we got into the role of the imagination in...
June 05, 2014
How God uses the imagination
More from my interview with Mathew Block, who asks how God uses our human imaginations...
June 04, 2014
Imagination, Christian sub-cultures, & the Two Kingdoms
More from my interview with Mathew Block, in which a question about Christians refusing to...
June 03, 2014
Pastoral care for the transgendered?
The latest Time Magazine cover story announces that "another social movement is poised to challenge...
June 03, 2014
Imagination and the arts
More from my interview with Mathew Block, who asks about the connection between the imagination...
June 02, 2014
The imagination as the forgotten power of the mind
When we think of the mind, we tend to think of the intellect, our ability...
April 29, 2014
In the context of an article criticizing President Obama, George Will says that the president...
April 03, 2014
Life’s happiness as a U-shaped curve
When you're a child, you are happy, but you become less so during your teenage...
March 06, 2014
The happiest & unhappiest states in the union
Gallup has compiled various statistics about "well-being" (health, work, emotional satisfaction, etc.) and has come...
February 07, 2014
Thanks to Kirk and to the recommendations from Al, Elizabeth, and Todd at yesterday's post...
January 29, 2014
Demonic possession & exorcism in Indiana?
The Indianapolis Star reports on a case of apparent demon possession and successful exorcism in...
December 11, 2013
Signs of being divorce-proof
Here are five bits of social science research that would indicate a person is unlikely...
November 11, 2013
Faith & feelings
Are your emotions often out of synch with your faith? Does God feel far away? ...
October 11, 2013
Don’t make eye contact
"Look at me when I'm talking to you!" we might say when trying to get...
October 07, 2013
Introverts strike back
The ideal in the business world, especially for corporate leaders, has been the glad-handing extrovert. ...
September 26, 2013
Abandoning the mentally ill
Before Charles Krauthammer became an influential conservative pundit, he was a medical doctor; specifically, a...
September 10, 2013
In Brazil a man suffered a stroke, whereupon he started giving away his money, giving...
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