Shane Ralston

Shane Ralston

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Shane Ralston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Penn State University Hazleton. You can read many of his other articles at his academia.edu page.

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Are You Unconsciously Racist?

Academic psychology recently got a wake-up call. It’s not that the results of most psychological experiments are irreproducible. That’s hardly news. Instead, the highly acclaimed measure of unconscious racism, the Implicit-association Test (IAT),...

Penn State Offers Free Psych Counseling as Trump Inauguration Nears

Safe spaces, trigger warnings, participation awards and now pre-presidential inauguration coddling. The Daily Collegian reports that Pennsylvania State University is offering students free psychological and counseling services “in this time of...

Why George Washington’s Farewell Address Still Matters

Read aloud in the Senate every year since 1862, George Washington’s Farewell Address is nothing less than a talismanic document. That’s John Avlon’s message in his new book Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations...

For Americans, Work-Life Balance Is Becoming More Elusive

Many of us want more time with our families, for engaging in sports and leisure activities and even for an occasional vacation on a remote tropical island. Instead we decide to spend more time at work. Whether it’s for economic reasons or...

Blade Runner 2049: The Thinker’s Film of 2017?

I’m always game for a good thinker’s film. The film Memento, starring Guy Pearce as a man suffering from anterograde amnesia who searches for his wife’s murderer, really stands out. It was assembled in reverse temporal order with flashback scenes...

Study Concludes Women Are Better Doctors Than Men (to Great Applause)

Anyone who takes a college critical thinking course learns about the fallacies or common errors in reasoning. One fallacious form of scientific reasoning is confirmation bias. That is, when someone collects evidence, they immediately interpret it in...

Why Millions of Millennials Are Living in ‘Bad Faith’

Safe Spaces, trigger warnings, parental coverage of health insurance until age 26 and living at home into one’s thirties…why are we treating young adults like they are infants, folks?  Without adversity, Millennials fail to develop perseverance...

Prof: Why My University Shutdown My Website and Blog

You might think that student and faculty rights to free speech and academic freedom are overrated. Shouldn’t they have the same rights under the First Amendment that all of us have? Well, they do, but they don’t. Professors and students...

People Can’t Stop Talking About ‘Post-Truth’; So what is it?

It’s official, folks: the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is ‘post-truth’. What is the meaning of this Orwellian-esque concept?  The definition appears straightforward: “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts...

The Moral Problem with that 'Last Tango' Rape Scene

In the past week a clip of director Bernardo Bertolucci speaking about a scene in the 1972 film The Last Tango in Paris set off a firestorm of controversy on Twitter.  The film tells the story of a recently widowed American man’s sordid sexual...

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