Posted in July 2012

To Drink or Not to Drink, What Is the Question?


Many decisions are multidimensional and often comprise psychological, practical and moral considerations. Let’s take the matter of drinking alcohol. If the person asks, “Why do I drink?” embedded in this question are psycho-biological considerations. It could be an addiction or a habit. It may involve wanting to fit it or simply the enjoyment of feeling … Continue reading

“You people” have something to hide?


    Ann Romney is being attacked for her comment made to Robin Roberts this week on Good Morning America. When asked about her husband’s refusal to release more tax returns, she said, “We’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and how we live our life.”   “You … Continue reading

Hugging Ethically


    Hugs are good things. They release oxytocin, the bonding hormone that appears to build trust, reduces fear, and increase compassion and generosity. Oxytocin is also related to decreased amounts of cortisol, thereby lowering blood pressure.   Paul Zak, from Claremont University, who has investigated the relationship between hugs and oxytocin, prescribes eight hugs … Continue reading

Are conservatives happier than liberals?


Evidence is mounting: conservatives are happier than liberals. Arthur Brooks, of the American Enterprise Institute, presents some reasons for this conclusion. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/opinion/sunday/conservatives-ar… Conservatives explain the data by pointing to life choices. More conservatives are married and conservatives practice religion to a greater extent. Marriage and being active in one’s religion are both correlated with being … Continue reading

Banning sugary drinks goes too far?


Many ridicule Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks at restaurants, street carts and stadiums as nanny-state overreach. What’s next? Banning _________? There have been lots of jokes. You can fill in the blank with your own example of silliness. But the mayor is anything but silly. Nor are those … Continue reading

What is Ethical Humanism?


In 1968, I became the Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island and am now the Leader Emeritus. Over the years, people have asked me to explain what Ethical Humanism is and what it believes. I have written the answers to the questions in a simple format. Here is the first of several … Continue reading

With grief comes anger and guilt


Grooms tend to be older than brides and men tend to die younger than women. Given these two facts, in the United States eleven out of every twelve women become widows. Most married women know that in all probability their husbands will die before them. But when death comes it comes with shock, pain and … Continue reading