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Sheldon-Solomon-DVD-cover-212x300In this DVD, Dr. Sheldon Solomon addresses a variety of topics concerning how human beings can create meaningful lives in the face of death. In a lively and candid style, Dr. Solomon discusses the development of Terror Management Theory, the ways in which people form defenses against death anxiety and the concept of life affirming death awareness, arguing that we can “accept the reality of the human condition and parlay that into bringing out the best in us. ” He also addresses the societal effects of death awareness, including the social nature of human beings, the role of education and government, and the elements that make up an ideal society. Ultimately, Dr. Solomon advocates that people treat one another humanely and with a greater emphasis on compassion.


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Dr. Sheldon Solomon is a psychologist and the Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. He is best known for developing Terror Management Theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski, which is concerned with how humans deal with their own sense of mortality. Dr. Solomon is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and several books, including In the Wake of 9-11: The Psychology of Terror. He’s been featured in several films and TV documentaries as well as countless radio interviews.

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Sheldon Solomon, Ph.D. Dr. Sheldon Solomon is a psychologist and the Ross Professor for Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. He is best known for developing Terror Management Theory, along with Jeff Greenberg and Tom Pyszczynski, which is concerned with how humans deal with their own sense of mortality. Dr. Solomon is the author or co-author of more than 100 articles and several books, including In the Wake of 9-11: The Psychology of Terror. He’s been featured in several films and TV documentaries as well as countless radio interviews.

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Elaine Dolan

Ok. Sounds like I might-should read Becker… Concerning your discussion that restrictions around the *broader scope of sexuality* needs containment–Q.:Can it possibly be that the real restrictions need to be about the safety of children (and emotional children) from harm? This, in my opinion is not about sex, but about teaching privacy and social appropriateness of all sex (in or outside the norm)around children. To me this is problematic only for those with over-the-top trauma issues who are never *made* to
comprehend the ramifications of their behaviors (how they are seen and experienced by those who describe themselves as normal). This educational function of society is what requires a moral tweaking; not I think, a redefinition of what forms of sexually are ok for consenting adults. It’s unrealistic to call some sexuality socially unacceptable (when it does not harm others)when the *herd* itself still hides behind a cloak of shame and denial about their own secret behaviors and justifications. Really, I think you’ll agree, it’s not a few folks who are messed up. All folks have screws missing, i.e. unconscious behaviors for which they cannot claim normalcy. Our human qualities are individuality and uniqueness, yes?
I would be like to hear a discussion about *the broader sexuality* as it relates to natural selection, evolution and natural population control on a crowding planet. It also would interest me to know how modern birth interventions correspond with non-heterosexual behaviors.

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