Lessons From Chomsky

Some things I’ve learned from his writings… by Nathan Robinson Current Affairs Dec 7, 2018 It has been 50 years since Noam Chomsky first became a major public figure in the United States, after publishing his essay “The Responsibility of Intellectuals,” which argued that American academics had failed in their core duty to responsibly inquire … Continue reading Lessons From Chomsky

What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

by Christian Jarrett British Psychological Society - Research Digest It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there’s clearly a lot of variation between individuals, … Continue reading What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus’

Debunking the failed paradigm of traditional economics. By Nick Hanauer Evonomics Oct 13, 2018 the great attraction of humanism is not that it holds us to a higher standard, but that it asks us to hold ourselves to a higher standard. It’s relatively easy to do the right thing because of a looming reward or punishment—even in an afterlife. … Continue reading How to Destroy Neoliberalism: Kill ‘Homo Economicus’

Truthfulness vs Loyalty

by Steven Novella NeuroLogica Oct 1, 2018 How people make ethical decisions is a very interesting line of psychological research. Perhaps the most well-known study is the famous trolley experiment. It is a theoretical question, if you are at the controls of a switch that can change tracks, and a trolley is out of control and heading … Continue reading Truthfulness vs Loyalty