Autism & Empathy

One commonly cited symptom of autism is our apparent lack of empathy. It conveys the idea that we’re hard, STEM-oriented, robots without the capacity for human connection. The fact is, while there are large portions of the autistic population who don’t compensate for their low oxytocin and other sympathetic neurochemical levels with other means ofContinue reading “Autism & Empathy”

Jeffery Toobin’s Return and the State of Moral Panic

On this blog, I usually try to steer clear of clickbait scandals like Jeffery Toobin’s. The scandal he is a part of seems overblown and the reaction disproportionate. Many editorials called for his arrest and charge with public indecency. Given the popularity of online pornography, it would both seem that self-service in front of aContinue reading “Jeffery Toobin’s Return and the State of Moral Panic”

Villian Without a Reason: Outgroup Bias and Autistic Life

Earlier on this blog, I’ve written about how being autistic can lead to misunderstandings and how others can form inaccurate moral judgments based on those. I more than welcome any new reader to browse my website and also share any content they find worthy of it. Yet, for this article, I will expound upon theContinue reading “Villian Without a Reason: Outgroup Bias and Autistic Life”

In His Mother’s Basement: Failure and Moral Judgment

In my studies of moral judgment, what and who people think are moral seldom comport with what is actually moral. The title of this piece refers to the common trope that losers get what they deserve as if there is some great moral justice that is awarded to people on Earth. If someone is downContinue reading “In His Mother’s Basement: Failure and Moral Judgment”

Social Media & Moral Judgment

Before on this blog, I have detailed ideas about moral thinking and I’ve written about social media but how does one affect the other. In many ways, of course. The worst thing about social media is that it amplifies everything wrong with the regular media. The stories for which “If it bleeds, it leads” appliesContinue reading “Social Media & Moral Judgment”

Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate

Is society opposed to suicide? While as a normative value, by the indications of its expressed position, it is resoundingly opposed to suicide and wishes to reduce the incidence of it to the maximum degree possible the suicide rate in Western societies is exploding. Curious is it that a society with such a strong normativeContinue reading “Paradoxes of the Suicide Rate”

Liberality and Reticence

                I’ve written a lot about grudges and how quick people are to hate over so little so intensely for so long. And the increase in loneliness and the decline in romantic relationships. All of these fall along the spectrum of liberality versus reticence. In the earlier article where I illustrate the differences in theContinue reading “Liberality and Reticence”

Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former

                As an extrovert with an expertise in communications and politics, it is a civic duty that I represent my people and my best utilities to do that include my own personal experiences and using them means telling sob stories from my personal history. In doing so, I feel less emotional about them than I’mContinue reading “Advocacy and Self-Pity: How to Avoid the Latter While Doing the Former”

The Freakish Organics: The Platonic Version of Pornography

                It has often been said that social media avatars are a perfected version of the people behind them and that this elicits the dismay of whoever compares themselves to that avatar and this contributes to numerous psychological maladies. There is, however, another aspect of the avatar that likewise contributes to such maladies and thatContinue reading “The Freakish Organics: The Platonic Version of Pornography”

The Science of Forgiveness

Why is it so difficult for people to forgive or makeup with others over fairly asinine and petty causes? One of the major reasons, it seems, is a cognitive bias known as the “End of History” bias which has that people, mostly, see their current selves as the epitome of their lives and that theirContinue reading “The Science of Forgiveness”