How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop Ethically

How Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard To Shop EthicallyImagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labor and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing.

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The World

How Gendered Language Shapes The Way We See The WorldIs water male or female – and does it really matter? English does not allocate gender to words. Although some things, ships and countries for example, often have feminine associations, there are no grammatical rules to make something either male or female.

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic Masculinity

How To Overcome Phallus Obsessed, Toxic MasculinityMasculinity is often, these days, described as “toxic”. In May, Hillary Clinton spoke at a gala where “toxic masculinity” cocktails were reported to have been served. Toxic masculinity even has its own Wikipedia entry.

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist Tactic

Why Radicalisation Is Not Just A Terrorist TacticThe word radicalisation has been hijacked by the war on terror and become interchangeable with extremism. But radicalisation is happening in our towns and cities every day as marginalised teenagers and children – left isolated from opportunity – join street gangs.

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama Years

5 Ways Donald Trump Is Rolling Back The Obama YearsIn the absence of any clear ideology associated with Donald Trump’s US presidency, it does seem he has at least one obvious priority that transcends the hype and spin: he is determined to undo his predecessor’s legacy.

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do Good

Awakening to a New Choice -- A Choice to Do GoodThe way I see it, there are two paths we can choose to take. One leads to further conflict, and the other takes us toward greater compassion and peace. I believe that on a whole, we're becom­ing tired of negativity, and we're consciously look­ing to find ways to effect positive change...

Why People Believe In Conspiracy Theories

Why People Believe In Conspiracy TheoriesI’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump.

The Healing Power Of Hip Hop and Rap

The Healing Power Of Hip HopLast year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it for a fatal backstage shooting at a concert by the rapper T.I. Ignoring wider issues of gun control, Bratton pointed at “the crazy world of the so-called rap artists” that “basically celebrates the violence”.

A Dying Mule Always Kicks the Hardest

A Dying Mule Always Kicks the HardestThe reactionary wave that swept across America with the election of Donald Trump is not an anomaly in our history. It is an all-too-familiar pattern in the long struggle for American reconstruction.

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.

Harvard Lawless School and You

Harvard Lawless School and YouHarvard Law School professors love to use hypotheticals in their classes. So let’s try one that they have not subjected their students to in its 200 years of storied history. What if the Law School split itself into two parts

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.

Confucius Doesn't Live Here Anymore

Confucius Doesn't Live Here Anymore

In today’s China, the philosopher Confucius is back. To mark his 2,565th birthday this September, the nation’s President, Xi Jinping, paid homage to the sage at an international conference convened for the occasion.

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.

What is the Meaning of a Decent Society?

What is the Meaning of a Decent Society?

Raising the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 should be a no-brainer. When you add in the Earned Income Tax Credit and food stamps it’s possible to barely rise above poverty at this wage. Besides, the proposed increase would put more money into the hands of families that desperately need it. A decent society should do no less...

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