Stuart Shanker

About Stuart Shanker

Dr. Stuart Shanker is a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Psychology at York University and the CEO of The MEHRIT Centre, Ltd. Stuart has served as an advisor on early child development to government organizations across Canada and the US, and in countries around the world.Dr. Shanker also blogs for Psychology Today
3 06, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: “The Revolution is Coming”

By | 2020-06-05T16:49:41+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|

It was one of my more enjoyable interviews. The interviewer had clearly done her homework. Each question that she asked – and more important, her follow-ups – revealed how deeply she had read in Self-Reg. But it was her last question that really stands out in my mind: “What [...]

26 05, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: From “This” to “We” to “Me” and Back Again

By | 2020-05-26T07:47:46+00:00 May 26th, 2020|

Susan mentioned to me the other day that many people find it interesting to learn about the influences on my thinking about Self-Reg. Not just the biographical details, but the theoretical underpinnings of Self-Reg. The more I thought about this remark, the more I realized that it was time [...]

12 05, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: Now is Not the Time to be Going Red Brain

By | 2020-05-18T13:36:26+00:00 May 12th, 2020|

I’ve recently been engaged in a very interesting exercise. I decided to read together, so that I could compare and contrast, Michael Tomasello’s A Natural History of Human Morality (2016) and Jonathan Sacks’ Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times (2020). I expected to find profound differences, given [...]

23 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: Meade’s Maxim

By | 2020-04-23T15:46:35+00:00 April 23rd, 2020|

I am always asking Why. Even when the answer seems obvious, I’m driven to see whether it’s possible to delve deeper. Which is how I feel about those who are so eager to relax social distancing. Granted, their political machinations are as clear as could be, as is the [...]

16 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: “Change can only happen when you are at your most uncomfortable”

By | 2020-04-23T15:45:43+00:00 April 16th, 2020|

When I was 17 years old, I made one of those incredibly stupid and life-altering decisions that seventeen-year-olds are so prone to make. I was on track for playing basketball at an American university, torn between a small college where I’d get to be a starter and a large [...]

8 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: It’s All a Matter of Trust

By | 2020-04-23T09:43:46+00:00 April 8th, 2020|

Early on in my university studies, I decided to dedicate myself fully to a life of toiling away in the service of the Blue Brain, little appreciating at the time that that was what I was doing. But that is what philosophy is: the apotheosis of Blue Brain zeal [...]

2 04, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: A Message that All Teens Need to Hear

By | 2020-04-13T09:39:08+00:00 April 2nd, 2020|

My goal in these “Coronavirus Conversations” is to relate Self-Reg ideas to various things that my family and I are going through: partly to share, partly to further my own learning. And the perfect example occurred the other day in a conversation I had with our teenage son. It [...]

26 03, 2020

Coronavirus Conversations: Corona Partiers

By | 2020-04-23T15:44:07+00:00 March 26th, 2020|

I wanted to share today the series of emotions that I went through when I read and thought about the corona partiers. First I felt anger. To paraphrase Jean Twenge’s point about the iGen (the “internet generation”), it is tempting to see corona partying as the hallmark of the [...]

10 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens on Freedom ~ Part Three: In Pursuit of Liberty AND Freedom

By | 2019-07-09T22:19:08+00:00 July 10th, 2019|

In Self-Reg, we want to have it both ways: preserve Liberty as a birthright and ensure that everyone can become free. If the price of Democracy is that certain individuals, businesses, or political actors are allowed to influence the unwary by taking advantage of their limbic impulses, then we need [...]

8 07, 2019

A Self-Reg Lens of Freedom ~ Part Two: Freedom is in Peril ~ Now more than ever

By | 2019-07-07T21:01:53+00:00 July 8th, 2019|

Even if you feel strongly that Liberty is an inalienable right – and as we saw in Democracy is in Peril ~ Again, not everyone does – the same cannot be said for freedom: at least, not in the philosophical sense adumbrated in Part 1. To be sure, in the [...]

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