June 2, 2017

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President.   ________________________________________________________________     Many mainstream media outlets criticized conservatives with a broad brush over the Montana Congressional special election winner Republican Greg Gianforte assaulting a reporter, Ben Jacobs. Yet, according to behavioral science research conducted by myself and others, such criticism may end up hurting the safety of journalists, instead of advancing freedom of the press and pursuit of the truth.   First, the facts of the incident itself…. Read more

May 27, 2017

Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President.   ________________________________________________________________ Extensive evidence emerged in recent days that Donald Trump pressured and then fired FBI Director James Comey to block the FBI’s investigation of Trump’s administration over possible collusion with Russia. Yet a May 24 poll shows that only 24 percent of Republicans believe that this firing had to do with Comey’s investigation of the administration, in comparison to 60 percent for all who took the poll. An earlier… Read more

May 25, 2017

Caption: Photo of phone with the Facebook login screen and Scrabble words spelling “social media” (Courtesy of Unsplash) ______________________________________   A week ago, on Thursday May 18, I went on Facebook, typed in my password for my personal account, and saw the screen below that told me my account was disabled. Not my official Facebook fan page, which is still fine, but my personal account.   Caption: Screenshot from my computer of my disabled personal account   Being sure it… Read more

May 22, 2017

    Graphics by Cerina Gillilan, used with permission   Imagine the following scenario: you have been raised in a deeply evangelical household. From an early age, your parents taught you to pray daily and told you that the purpose and meaning of life were found in God. Attending Sunday school reinforced this message. So did the television that your family watched, the books that they gave you to read, and the music to which they encouraged you to listen…. Read more

May 15, 2017

We all want our top investigative bodies to be headed by competent officials. We also all want to ensure that these officials can freely investigate other branches of the government – including the presidential administration – without fear of retribution. How can we tell whether Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey was meant to ensure competent leadership of the FBI, as Trump claims, or to prevent Comey from digging deeper into Trump’s potential connections with Russia, as many… Read more

May 14, 2017

“What is the meaning of life?” I struggled with this question throughout my teenage years and young adulthood. My parents tried to convey their more religious-themed meaning of life to me when I was a teenager. Yet my contrarian streak prevented me from really listening to them. Instead, I thought and talked about the meaning of life with my friends. I remember long conversations when we would discuss and debate this topic with each other. I particularly remember one conversation… Read more

May 6, 2017

    This videotaped discussion between a United Methodist Minister, Caleb Pitkin, and myself – a professor and scholar of meaning and purpose – uncovers both differences and some surprising parallels in the approach of religion and science to these eternal issues. According to the mainstream opinion in the United States and many other countries, meaning and purpose come from religion. At the same time, research shows that having a clear answer to the question of life meaning and purpose… Read more

April 29, 2017

Caption: Head with brain and puzzle pieces (Geralt/Pixabay) Written by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, Intentional Insights Co-Founder and President. ________________________________________________________________ How did Donald Trump win, when he used so many misleading statements and outright deception? Couldn’t people see through them? As an expert in brain science, I want to share why his followers fell for his lies and what can be done to address this situation in the future. First, let’s get the facts straight. Politifact.com, a well-known non-partisan website, rates… Read more

April 22, 2017

  Caption: Meme created by Ed Coolidge for Intentional Insights (Used with permission)   Atheists in the U.S. cover the entire spectrum of political views, despite the assumption that to be an Atheist means to be a left-wing liberal. No matter who you voted for or how much you were impressed or disgusted by the tactics used by the Trump and Clinton campaigns, there was a troubling amount of irrationality that was given wings early on and has now taken… Read more

April 16, 2017

Caption: Truth and lies (Open Clipart-Vectors, Pixabay) This article is also available in: Russian ________________________________________________________________ It is an undeniable fact that Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. Yet a part of me refuses to accept that reality. On the one hand, I love this country for its freedom and democracy, and as part of my love greatly respect the office of the Presidency. On the other, it seems to me that Trump is doing great damage… Read more

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