Wed, September 03, 2014
Marriage is Challenging
I like good news, except when the good news turns out to be false. Recently it has been reported that we have been misled by social scientists for decades about the divorce rate in the United States. ...
Wed, February 19, 2014
The Politics of Envy
I was excited when I learned that the parents of a student I knew produced a product my family used and enjoyed. His response to me was "Yea, they're getting rich off you." He was quite ...
Fri, January 31, 2014
Better Marriage Through Marketing
Everyone is happy when they are engaged, even those who will eventually divorce. The feelings people have going into marriage do not predict the future of the relationship. Therefore I recommend that ...
Mon, August 26, 2013
Stop Eating the Marshmallows
In a classic psychological study, hungry four-year-olds were offered a marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait about 20 minutes before eating, they could have two marshmallows instead of ...
Fri, January 11, 2013
Free to be Healthy
So how is that New Year's resolution diet going? Will the long-term results be better than the last diet? For the majority of us, even successful diets are unsuccessful. We may lose weight, but it ...
Fri, August 24, 2012
Growth, Not Gifts
President Obama has been arguing for a number of plans to reduce the burden of student loans such as artificially low interest rates and allowing for some loans to be discharged through bankruptcy. ...
Mon, October 03, 2011
Debt Control or Bondage?
The student-loan checks for the fall semester have now been cashed. Round one of the Federal debt-limit debate is over, but round two may soon begin. Should we be experiencing feelings of control or ...
Sun, July 24, 2011
A Free Speech Challenge for Parents
Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without
parents' knowledge or consent?
The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech ...
Fri, June 03, 2011
Persist for Airport Freedom
A "Woman Screams for Help After TSA Molestation," and the "Texas Pat Down Ban May Be Back." Those are just two of the headlines breaking around the nation this morning, as summer ...
Fri, February 18, 2011
Jeopardy: Humans Are Still the Masters
I have been using computers since 1982 and still recall a simple artificial intelligence program that ran on my Commodore 64. I was mindful of that this week as I watched IBM's computer–named ...
Mon, August 30, 2010
Back to School, Back to the Books
The high price of college textbooks is getting a lot of press. Legislators are considering bills to bring down costs, such as requiring professors to use the least expensive "educationally ...
Fri, August 13, 2010
An Outsider's View of Christianity
Review of The Unlikely Disciple
"The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest
University" By Kevin Roose | Grand Central Publishing [Paperback] (June 3,
2010) | 336 pp. | List Price: ...
Thu, July 08, 2010
The Thin Culture
My favorite section of the paper is still the comics. Lately I have been reading what seems to have become an annual theme in the "Cathy" comic strip. Not only can Cathy not find a suitable ...
Tue, June 01, 2010
First, Do No Harm
As a psychology professor I teach students who plan to be practitioners of social science. They have been moved with compassion by the problems so many people face, such as being in a painful ...
Wed, August 26, 2009
Credit Cards and Predictable Unintended Consequences
Imagine being a contractor and regularly using your credit card to purchase building materials for your job. Without warning you receive a notice that effective immediately your credit limit has been ...
Wed, August 05, 2009
Sleepy, 'Lazy' Teenagers?
We are now well into summer vacation, and it is time for a quiz. How many hours per night does your teen sleep during vacation? How many hours of sleep does your teen get on school nights during the ...