Is this true about the people you don’t like?

Key Points: Sometimes, a particular person can cause disproportionate feelings of negativity within us, seemingly worse than their actions or words would warrant. Often, this response highlights something we don’t like within ourselves, so I’ve created a handy checklist to see if this is the case. The first step towards decreasing unwanted reactivity is cultivating … Read more

If you went to college, what do you owe your alma mater?

Key Points: Determining whether or not to attend college is a much different proposition for students today than it was in years past. In my admittedly anecdotal experience, individuals of previous generations seem to have more affection for their alma mater than those of mine. This has financial implications for institutions of higher education that … Read more

How can you tell if you have a “healthy” relationship with substance use? (Drugs Series- Part 3)

Key Points: The “appropriate” amount of use varies from substance to substance and person to person. It’s incredibly personal. Beliefs about what we “need” or “shouldn’t” do can negatively influence our relationship to drugs. Short-term experiments can help us reframe these beliefs from positions of dependence or moralizing to enjoyment. Estimated reading time: 6-12 minutes … Read more

Is it true that drunken words are sober thoughts? (Drugs Series-Part 1)

Key Points: Alcohol is by far the U.S.’s most popular drug. Drinking makes us more likely to believe and act upon thoughts we’d be less likely to internalize when sober. In this way, alcohol can be best understood as an “ego-enhancer,” the opposite of “ego-suppressing” drugs like psilocybin. Estimated reading time: 6-12 minutes Listen to … Read more

Why should “Barbie” be required viewing for philosophy students?

Key Points: These weren’t as easy to succinctly describe this week, so in their place, I’ll leave you with this. WARNING: Spoilers for two 2023 films, Oppenheimer and Barbie, feature heavily in this piece. Estimated reading time: 8-16 minutes My younger brother would probably be the first to tell you that I’m not a big … Read more

But what if it USED to be okay to say that? (Part 2)

Key Points: “Euphemistic evolution” is when what’s considered “acceptable terminology” changes over time. Keeping up with the trends of euphemistic evolution can help us avoid unknowingly causing distress for others. While there’s a fine line between self-censorship and not being an a**hole, we do bear moral and even legal responsibility for our words. Estimated reading … Read more

Is it okay to say that? (Part 1)

Key Points: Sporting events have a long history of colorful language being used by fans towards opposition players. For the past decade, FIFA has been trying to eliminate a particular chant with homophobic connotations from games featuring Mexico’s national team. They face an uphill battle, because there is a cultural disagreement regarding how offensive the … Read more

Is guilt a useless emotion?

Key Points: Guilt and shame share some similarities but have key differences with regards to autonomy and identity. Guilt has genuine utility for children, less for adults. Shame often tells the story, “I’m a bad person,” which is a thought pattern that couldn’t be more wrong, and ultimately hurts both the victim and perpetrator of … Read more