The Rise Of White Identity In US Politics

The Rise Of White Identity In US PoliticsMany political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking.

Trump Is A Symptom That America Feels It's In Decline, Again

Trump Is A Symptom That America Feels It's In Decline, AgainA visceral sense of domestic decline is coursing through contemporary American culture and politics – and it’s become one of the central themes of this year’s presidential campaign. Donald Trump in particular has used it to stoke the inchoate anger of his supporters, telling them: “Our country is falling apart. Our infrastructure is falling apart … Our airports are, like, third world.”

How Mixed Asian Couples View Culture And Race

How Mixed Asian Couples View Culture And RaceThe four key elements of ethnic culture respondents mentioned were language, food, holiday celebrations, and values. As Kelly H. Chong investigated how the couples sought to preserve ethnic traditions, food and holiday celebrations were the only cultural elements passed down among generations in a concrete way.

What The Debate Over The Dress Reveals About Controlling Public Opinion

What The Debate Over The Dress Reveals About Controlling Public OpinionFor a few days in late February, social media users were transfixed by a debate over the color of a dress posted on Tumblr: Was the dress blue and black, or white and gold? More than a million tweets, associated with the hashtags #thedress, #whiteandgold and #blackandblue, turned the debate into a social media phenomenon.

Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations (and Lots of Other Stuff)

Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (and Lots of Other Stuff)

What if you asked Americans in largely "red" or Republican districts and largely "blue" or Democratic districts very specific questions about what government should do—about taxes, reproductive rights, foreign affairs, and the like, and 96 percent of the time they agreed? And 69 percent of the time there wasn't even a statistically significant difference ...

From Conspiracy Theories & Climate Denial to Reality

From Conspiracy Theories to Truth & Climate Change Denial (graphic from TheConsensusProject.com)

"...the public is currently being denied the right to be fully informed about the risks it is facing. There are many reasons for this, from “doubt-mongering” to ideologically-motivated denial. We know from much research on misinformation that people cannot dismiss “noise” or misinformation unless they are given a reason to do so."

Is Misinformation About The Climate Criminally Negligent?

Is Misinformation About The Climate Criminally Negligent?

Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organized campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.

The Science of Increasing Pleasure & Creativity using Psychedelics?

The Science of Increasing Pleasure & Creativity using Psychedelics?

Almost all of the medical research with psychedelic drugs to date has been focused on curing diseases and treating illnesses. Little attention has been paid to the reported ability of these remarkable substances to increase human potential, and even less attention has been paid to their reputed ability to significantly enhance all aspects of human pleasure...

The Remaking of a Counterculture: The Barefoot Teacher

The Remaking of a Counterculture: The Barefoot Teacher

I read a quote from Thoreau, and his words stopped me cold: "We are all schoolmasters and the universe is our school house." As Thoreau says, this is everyone's true nature — being a teacher. I don't mean the teacher who stands up in front of a classroom. I mean someone who nurtures and inspires and encourages and guides and challenges...

Their Lips Are Moving Again

There is not much to dislike in this typical Republican self-revealing dribble since it glaringly exposes their true color. Republicans say we have a spending problem and we do. However, they fail to acknowledge that it's not from spending too much -- it is from spending for the wrong things.

How Republican & Democratic Myths Can Run/Ruin Our Lives

How Republican & Democratic Myths Run/Ruin Our Lives

Before we can choose productive myths for our lives we must be sure to weed out the bogus myths first. Some of these will be very deeply rooted, and therefore harder to deal with. One of the marks of a bogus myth is that it acts like carrot-and-stick persuasion. So, for example, if we take a look at some political myths, we'll see that...

Cultural Creatives: No More "Business As Usual"

Cultural Creatives: No More "Business As Usual"

Social psychologists Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson describe the growth of a new subculture committed to ecological values, social justice, and holistic perspectives. They estimate that tens of millions of these “cultural creatives” are leaving behind the old story of Business as Usual and creating something new...

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