Think Out Loud

"We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience." -John Dewey

The enlightened versus the opinionated?: A Defense of Conviction

Ann Coulter has never been accused of lacking conviction. The Internet is littered with some of her gems, like “Liberals become indignant when you question their patriotism, but simultaneously work … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

A psychological perspective on gun violence in the United States

A 1993 study called “Gun ownership as a risk factor for homicide in the home” found that keeping guns significantly heightens the risk of gun-related deaths in households, and “virtually … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Alienation: a path to and from enlightenment?

The carved figure above represents the role of meditation in coming to a full and innate understand of reality, or enlightenment. By Adityamadhav83 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

The environmental humanities and species extinction shed light on our alienation with nature.

An Alala, also known as the Hawaiian crow, is seen perched on a branch. The Alala has become extinct in the wild, although some birds live on in captivity. Photo from … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · 1 Comment

Coca-Cola teams up with USDA to repair watersheds

A picture entitled “Pink Watermelon Coca-Cola” is seen courtesy of the creative commons. Coco-Cola has initiated a public-private partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

US drugstore chain prioritizes values over profits

A CVS pharmacy franchise in Southside Place, Texas is pictured above in this undated photo courtesy of the Creative Commons. CVS, one of the largest drugstore chains in the U.S., … Continue reading

February 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review: Spiritual safety from romance and Banana Yoshimoto’s ‘N.P.’

“N.P.” stands for an artistic tome that culminates in death for those who sink too deeply into its stories. This fictional compilation of repurposed memories is the flashpoint on which … Continue reading

January 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Georgia Senate candidate’s hypocrisy exposed

This Associated Press photo taken by Steve Bisson shows Jack Kingston, candidate for Senate in the state of Georgia, giving a stump speech. Editorial Republican Rep. Jack Kingston raised plenty … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Congress considers new regulation on chemicals in consumer products

  Certain household products contain chemicals that disrupt the function of the endocrine or immune systems and may cause disease. Photo Courtesy of Milosz1 under the Creative Commons license. Editorial … Continue reading

December 21, 2013 · 5 Comments

Study says materialism decreases well-being

Attachment to material things increases the likelihood of depression and low self-esteem, says 2013 study published in Motivation and Emotion.  Photo courtesy of Creative Commons. Editorial A study published this year … Continue reading

December 17, 2013 · 1 Comment