Agency is Always Mediated in the Psychology of Successful Activism

January 13th, 2020, Public Philosophy Journal, Lisa Kretz Abstract: This paper supports the view that a necessary ingredient of public philosophy is a working knowledge of the psychology of successful activism. In particular, emotional dimensions of psychologically successful action are explored. For the last decade my research has centered on the question of the theory-action gap in ethics (Kretz 2012, …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

Inflicting disutility on others to maximize your own benefit

Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth Do You Have a Healthy Personality? What Kind of Introvert Are You? This post originally appeared on Scientific American and was published July 27, 2018. The Dark Core of Personality: What’s your dark core score? In Scientific American by Scott Barry Kaufman Photo by RapidEye / Getty Images. Over 100 years ago Charles …

Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided

BY KIRA M. NEWMAN  MAR 21, 2017 Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided. Like many seekers of happiness, I once aspired to feel good as much as possible. There’s probably a part of everyone that would prefer to avoid life’s more difficult, or even mundane, feelings—and self-help books assure us that we can, if only we adopt the right …

Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone. Now in the US, more than one in four lives alone, and in big cities that’s much higher

April 6, 2020 Issue, New Yorker, The History of Loneliness, by Jill Lepore, March 30, 2020 Until a century or so ago, almost no one lived alone; now many endure shutdowns and lockdowns on their own. How did modern life get so lonely? Solitude and seclusion are different from loneliness, a state of profound distress. The female chimpanzee at the Philadelphia …

Climate change: Masculine marketing of utility vehicles linked to rising emissions

22 March 2020, New Zealand Herald, citing New Zealand Medical Journal  Promoting hefty trucks and SUVs as macho status symbols could be linked to climate change, according to a new study about New Zealand’s rising vehicle emissions. The research paper Beasts, published in the New Zealand Medical Journal last quarter, found that light utility vehicles were both the heaviest emitters of carbon …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Big Step Decarbonization Action Areas + Health benefits are at least $94/ton of CO2 reduced

Energy Pollution: Electricity production represents about 28 percent of U.S.greenhouse gas emissions each year. Problem: Because of our heavy reliance on polluting fossil fuels to produce electricity, millions of individuals in the United States live in areas that exceed air quality standards and are at risk of serious respiratory and cardiovascular illness. In 2016, an estimated 64,200 premature U.S. deaths were caused by exposure to dangerous fine …

Fasting Could Have a Powerful Effect on Our Circadian Rhythm: Research indicates that fasting could reset our internal clock and help protect against aging related illness

Sassone-Corsi says that it’s crucial that each and every one of the clocks in every cell in the body stay somewhat in time with one another. If the clocks become “misaligned,” it can cause a number of metabolic disorders or inflammatory responses, many of which are actually associated with aging. By Emma Betuel, Inverse, March 2020 Photo by Karl Tapales …