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Monthly Archives: November 2013

Star Trek blunders

posted by Joshua on February 28, 2015 in Models, Nature

Star Trek is fiction, but since Leonard Nimoy died yesterday, I can’t help commenting on two big mistakes in the show—its racism and misunderstanding of emotion. It seems like one of the main themes of the show is supposed to be that humans have learned to live together harmoniously, overcoming racial, nationalistic, class, and other[…] Keep reading →

Want the latest news on food? I don’t.

posted by Joshua on February 27, 2015 in Fitness, Nature

Food is like religion for many. I don’t mean they worship it. I mean they believe things about it with no evidence and debate endlessly, claiming truth about unsubstantiated claims that they believe substantiated. In principle you can measure and experiment with it, but the number of variables is so great that experiments alter and[…] Keep reading →

How different beliefs lead people with identical motivational systems to behave differently

posted by Joshua on February 26, 2015 in Evolutionary Psychology, Models, Nature, Perception

We all have similar emotional systems, so why do we behave so differently? I illustrated below how people who have identical drives and emotional systems with only different beliefs can end up behaving differently yet feeling internally the same. I plan to represent it more graphically and pretty, but this is where I am so[…] Keep reading →

The death spiral of thinking you understand someone when you don’t

posted by Joshua on February 23, 2015 in Awareness, Habits, Models, Nature

We’ve all been on both sides of the pattern below, usually with someone we like. Neither side likes it. Usually, neither side knows how to get out of it. From your perspective: You think you understand them when you don’t You do what you think they would like, thinking you’ll help them They don’t show[…] Keep reading →

Non-judgmental Ethics Sunday: Can I Ask My Neighbors to Quiet Their Baby?

posted by Joshua on February 22, 2015 in Ethicist, Models, Nonjudgment

Continuing my series of alternative responses to the New York Times column, The Ethicist, looking at the consequences of one’s actions instead of imposing values on others, here is a take on today’s post,”Can I Ask My Neighbors to Quiet Their Baby?“ A couple downstairs has started letting their baby cry it out. Having no[…] Keep reading →