The Disintegration of the Community: Why We Feel Alone Even When Surrounded By People

Do you feel like you’re a part of your local community? If your answer is “no,” you’re not defective, this is actually how many people feel today. According to sociologist Robert Putnam in his classic book Bowling Alone: The Collapse … Continue reading

Effective Altruism vs. Feel Good Altruism: How to Make a Bigger Difference in the World

Many of us have a desire to do good in the world but we don’t quite know how to do it. If a charity advocate comes to your door or approaches you on the street, you may be compelled to … Continue reading

The Origin of Us: Campfires As The Bedrock of Human Civilization

If you want to understand who we are as human beings, a good question to ask yourself is “Where did we come from?” And to begin to find an answer to this big and daunting question, it’s helpful to discover … Continue reading

7 Ideas in Psychology That Must Die: Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

Over the course of human history our collective knowledge is continuously changing shape and growing. We know more today than we did 100 years ago, and we knew more 100 years ago than we did 1,000 years ago. From generation … Continue reading

Enlightened Self-Interest: When Your Values Overlap with Other People’s Values

Enlightened self-interest is the idea that often times doing what is good for yourself is also doing what is good for others, and vice versa. This means your interests and values overlap with the interests and values of other people. … Continue reading