What Our Brains Reveal

Pulling oneself up by the bootstraps isn’t equally easy for everyone. A study of 83,000 brain scans revealed that criminal behavior, depression and mental illness often result from some form of brain injury. The study showed that treating the specific type of...

Context Is King

How we feel about others’ behavior depends on how we view their motivations. If we assume that they’re selfishly acting at our expense or even intentionally trying to do something to us, we’ll feel suspicious, manipulated or victimized. But the truth...

Vive la Difference!

As we weave our way through life, our desire for security makes it tempting to develop rigid opinions.  It’s easier to disregard entire groups of people with whom we disagree than it is to acknowledge the validity of their ideas and the truth of their humanity....

Errors of Negation

Throughout history humans have repeatedly proved the inaccuracy of ‘truths’ that were previously undisputed and the validity of what before seemed to be fanciful delusions. It’s notable that people who make those discoveries are very rarely cynical,...

The Bigger Picture

It’s often difficult to fathom the reason for the tragic events we see and hear about everyday. Even though it may sometimes feel like the world is going down the drain, it’s actually less violent and more prosperous than ever before in human history. Even...

What Is, Is

The thought that something shouldn’t have happened is like thinking there shouldn’t be clouds in the sky. Each moment shows up the only way it can given everything that precedes it. The vision you deem superior isn’t possible at this point in...