I have just received a copy of my first peer-reviewed publication, Paloutzian and Park's Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (2nd ed.). I was the second author on Chapter 16: Religiousness, Social Psychology, and Behavior (pg. 312). Our chapter was about how religiousness changes outward behaviors toward others - in terms of helpfulness, aggression,… Continue reading Publication: Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2nd ed.
When I was a young kid in the late 1900s, I used to think that Saturday Night Live was the most grown-up thing imaginable. It was cool. It was on the cutting-edge of show business. It was risqué. It was late at night. I thought I was the coolest kid around when my parents would… Continue reading An open letter to Lorne Michaels: Let me host your show
I've been putting ice cubes in my drinks for my whole life. But I hate ice in my drinks. I hate how they take up drink real estate, I hate how cold they make my drinks, I hate trying to get at the last drop at the bottom of my glass only to have an… Continue reading CONFESSIONS: I hate ice in my drinks.
About a week ago I heard a brilliant metaphorical reference to the Maginot Line on Law and Order and decided that I was going to try to weave my own reference to the Maginot Line into a conversation to wow people with my historical knowledge. But then none of my friends gave me any real… Continue reading The Maginot Line
I just saw someone make a comment online that high schools should have philosophy in their curriculum, and that it would increase standardized test scores. I used to think that philosophy was all sophistry and dumb thought experiments, and didn't pay it much attention. I think it was because I resented a field that 1)… Continue reading Mandatory Philosophy Instruction
A while back I wrote about the procedure done to determine whether I had skin cancer. I had 16 moles biopsied and/or removed on my body. Needless to say, waiting to know if you have cancer is extremely unpleasant, especially considering that it was a painful procedure that took me weeks to recover from. I… Continue reading Pierce and Pierce Insurance Woes
I've lived in a lot of places in the United States. Nine states and probably two dozen cities actually. This has led me, among other things, to make some general observations about different places in the country. "You know you're from ____ if ... " jokes are interesting because creating one requires two kinds of… Continue reading Some thoughts on living in various locations