Final Post: Who is the Modern Psychologist?

I started the Modern Psychologist blog in 2011. Readers may have wondered about that name. The definition of a psychologist may be relatively straightforward, but what does it mean to be modern? I admittedly chose the term because it was partly ambiguous, having at least two possible meanings. Each interpretation closely parallels my conflicted thoughts […]

Farewell Mrs. Neutron

                  Regular readers of this blog ought to be familiar with ‘Mrs. Neutron’ – the online moniker belonging to a fellow blogger (Mrs. Neutron’s Garage) who was a frequent visitor and commenter on this site. It was a strange but happy coincidence that we stumbled upon one […]

Evolutionary psychology, design reification, and the denial of personhood

Last year I published a critique of evolutionary psychology. My paper has since been challenged by a proponent of the paradigm, and published in the same journal. I do not own the copyright to this critique, but you can find a link to the journal page and abstract here. A few months ago I offered […]

Nagel and Camus on the Absurd

Regular visitors of my blog will know my affinity for Albert Camus. In my opinion Camus had an unparalleled grasp of the human condition. Few have been capable of matching his lucidity, quality of thought, and fidelity to reason – though his views have from time to time been challenged. In 1971, Thomas Nagel wrote […]

Untangling the Mind Brain Relationship

Since this blog’s inception I have taken the unpopular position that psychology is not an empirical science. Indeed it is my contention that psychologists are only able to regard their work as empirically scientific, by virtue of their Kuhnian-like faith in a preferred conceptual community, a dogmatic adherence to an empirical epistemology, and a tacit […]

Altruism: The Last Bastion of Humanity?

This appears to be a deeply pessimistic time to be human. I have written extensively about the happy dehumanization of our species within these posts. Various forms of reductive physicalism and eliminative materialism are now in vogue. Our faith in science seems secure; nothing appears to escape the explanatory power of the materialist worldview – […]

The Interplay of Race, Culture, and Reason

Review of Kenan Malik’s book ‘Strange Fruit’ Kenan Malik’s book, Strange Fruit: Why both sides are wrong in the race debate, is an important one. And it is for this reason that the title might be a bit unfortunate, since one’s preconceived notions about race may cause them to prejudge what the book is about. […]

Pinker’s Take on Scientism

After an enjoyable 2-month break, I find myself again mentally preparing for a fall semester of teaching. My classes almost invariably begin with a discussion intended to clarify the differences between opinions, reasons, and objective evidence. During these lectures, I also offer a contrast between what is commonly regarded as science, versus the more pejorative […]

Taking a Hiatus

I have recently decided to take a break from blogging. It will probably be for a couple of months (i.e. the summer). The reasons are simple enough: I have found myself limited in terms of time, and have had to make some tough decisions about how to spend it. I have always believed it to […]

Evolutionary Psychology Critical Publication (Q&A)

My theoretical critique of evolutionary psychology is now finally in print, titled Evolutionary psychology: Neglecting neurobiology in defining the mind, and published in the June 2013 edition of Theory and Psychology. You can find it here.  _________________________________________ “Evolutionary psychology defines the human mind as comprising innate and domain-specific information-processing mechanisms that were designed to solve […]