Early thoughts on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

A brief framing note: in the current emotionally charged context it’s probably wise to first articulate some framing thoughts and try to avoid potential misinterpretations. It’s clear that SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes are significant health threats. It would be a grave error and immoral to ignore its effects on the health and lives … [Read more…]

An embryonic field: knowledge psychology?

(UPDATE: I recently came across inquiry into “knowledge resistance” [e.g. link]; such inquiry is similar to aspects of what I discuss below).  There a lots of fields that fuse consideration of human psychology and other concerns. Examples include health psychology, educational psychology and economic psychology. Some are highly interdisciplinary and others might better be considered … [Read more…]

Books I found interesting or that influenced me in 2018

Here’s an overview of some books I found interesting (you might also) and/or influenced me this year: The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt: presents an interesting introduction to the field of moral psychology and theories of moral reasoning. Interesting discussion of Haidt’s views on human nature especially human groupish-ness, righteousness, and selfishness hypocrisy. Argues we … [Read more…]