The Great Resignation: COVID revealed how abnormal the modern workplace is

Is working from home the ultimate liberation or the first step toward an even unhappier "new normal"?

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  • The Great Resignation is an idea proposed by Professor Anthony Klotz that predicts a large number of people leaving their jobs after the COVID pandemic ends and life returns to "normal."
  • French philosopher Michel Foucault argued that by establishing what is and is not "normal," we are exerting a kind of power by making people behave a certain way.
  • If working from home becomes the new normal, we must be careful that it doesn't give way to a new lifestyle that we hate even more than the office.
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Epicurus and the atheist's guide to happiness

Seek pleasure and avoid pain. Why make it more complicated?

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  • The Epicureans were some of the world's first materialists and argued that there is neither God, nor gods, nor spirits, but only atoms and the physical world.
  • They believed that life was about finding pleasure and avoiding pain and that both were achieved by minimizing our desires for things.
  • The Epicurean Four Step Remedy is advice on how we can face the world, achieve happiness, and not worry as much as we do.
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Why kids take board games so seriously

How morally developed are you?

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  • Lawrence Kohlberg's experiments gave children a series of moral dilemmas to test how they differed in their responses across various ages.
  • He identified three separate stages of moral development from the egoist to the principled person.
  • Some people do not progress through all the stages of moral development, which means they will remain "morally undeveloped."
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Mind and God: The new science of neurotheology

Studies show that religion and spirituality are positively linked to good mental health. Our research aims to figure out how and why.

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Mind & Brain
  • Neurotheology is a field that unites brain science and psychology with religious belief and practices.
  • There are several indirect and direct mechanisms that link spirituality with improved mental health.
  • Compassion and love are positive emotions that will make your brain healthier.
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The power of conformity: How good people do evil things

Many people believe that in the face of profound evil, they would have the courage to speak up. It might be harder than we think.

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Mind & Brain
  • After World War II, many psychologists wanted to address the question of how it was that people could go along with the evil deeds of fascist regimes.
  • Solomon Asch's experiment alarmingly showed just how easily we conform and how susceptible we are to group influence.
  • People often will not only sacrifice truth and reason to conformity but also their own health and sense of right and wrong.
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Moral enhancement explained: Can science make us better people?

Could a pill make you more moral? Should you take it if it could?

Would you take the "moral enhancement" pill?

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  • Moral enhancement is the idea that technology can be used to make us more moral people.
  • Proponents argue that we need to be better people in order to solve global problems.
  • Ideas on how to use this ethically abound, but no solid consensus exists yet.
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