Preserving Truth: How To Confront And Correct Fake News

Preserving Truth: How To Confront And Correct Fake NewsIn order to have a democracy that thrives and actually that manages to stay alive at all you need regular citizens being able to get good, solid information.

Why Fact Checking Fake News Doesn’t Change Minds

Why Fact Checking Fake News Doesn’t Change Minds
Neutral fact checks may not sway voters to abandon false beliefs based on inaccurate information, a new study suggests. If you’re having a political argument about voter fraud, you’d think that citing a nonpartisan, neutral source like Snopes or Politifact might be the best way to correct misinformation. But that may not be the case.

Why The Link Between Terrorism And Mental Illness Is Complicated

Why The Link Between Terrorism And Mental Illness Is Complicated
Following another act of fatal violence in Melbourne, Australia in early November 2018, Prime Minister Scott Morrison dismissed claims the perpetrator, Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, had a mental illness. He said this was a “lame excuse”, saying he wanted imams and the Muslim community to pay greater attention to people at risk of radicalisation.

Speaking Of Conspiracy Theories and Why The Term Is A Misnomer

Speaking Of Conspiracy Theories and Why The Term Is A Misnomer
Before 2012, if you had voiced suspicions that the Australian government had been anything but open and honourable in dealing with East Timor – its newly independent but impoverished neighbour – you would likely have been dismissed as a conspiracy theorist. But it was then revealed Australian Secret Intelligence Service agents had bugged East Timor’s cabinet office during treaty negotiations over oil and gas fields.

Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now

Steven Pinker: Enlightenment Now
In his book Enlightenment Now, Pinker makes the case that Enlightenment principles of reason, science and humanism are directly enhancing the quality of life for everyone

Why Marijuana Prohibition Is Racist And Criminal, Harms Kids, and Ruins Lives

Why Marijuana Prohibition Is Racist And Criminal, Harms Kids, and Ruins Lives
Author Johann Hari makes a great case for the legalization of marijuana. Not only would it create a new stream of tax revenue, but it would substantially lower the crime rate and practically kill the black market overnight. One has to ask, especially after watching this video: for a drug with zero fatalities, why is marijuana illegal in the first place?

Why Americans Should Welcome The Age Of Unexceptionalism

Why Americans Should Welcome The Age Of Unexceptionalism
Exceptionalism – the idea that the United States has a mission and character that separates it from other nations – is ingrained in everyday talk about American politics.

Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors

Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors
Researchers recently used DNA from the 10,000-year-old “Cheddar Man”, one of Britain’s oldest skeletons, to unveil what the first inhabitants of what now is Britain actually looked like.

Americans Are Saving Energy By Staying At Home

Americans Are Saving Energy By Staying At Home
Information and communication technologies are radically transforming modern lifestyles. They are redefining our concept of “space” by turning homes and coffee shops into workspaces.

How The Ancients Invented The Modern World

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True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but the concept of making self-portraits is hundreds, if not thousands of years old. The same is true of many inventions that we typically think of as modern.

A Guide For Young (and Not-So-Young) People To Spot Fake News

A Guide For Young People To Spot Fake NewsEvery time you go online, people are competing for your attention. Friends, strangers, businesses, political organisations, charities and news websites all serve up a constant stream of eye-catching pictures, videos and articles, wherever you might go looking for information

The Hidden Connection Between Obesity, Heart Disease And Trade

The Hidden Connection Between Obesity, Heart Disease And TradeThese Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)  are the chronic diseases — including cancers, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases and diabetes— that now kill around 40 million people each year. They are responsible for 70 per cent of all deaths globally

Why Car Ownership May No Longer Be A Good Deal

Why Car Ownership May No Longer Be A Good DealEvery day there’s more news about the inevitable arrival of autonomous vehicles. At the same time, more people are using ride-hailing and ride-sharing apps, and the percentage of teens getting their driver’s license continues to decline.

The Real Consequences Of Fake News

The Real Consequences Of Fake NewsFake news, or fabricated content deceptively presented as real news, has garnered a lot of interest since the U.S. presidential election last fall.

Sharing is Good: Building a Sharing Economy & Community

Sharing is Good: Building a Sharing EconomyBy changing our idea of what it means to be sustainable people, families, and businesses, and working together to achieve it instead of alone, we will rediscover our commonalities, our connections, our passions. By sharing what we already have (time, energy, money, goods, foods, skills) we...

Choices You Can Make To Be More Eco-Friendly?

Choices You Can Make To Be More Eco-Friendly?Many people think that making the green choice is more expensive. Although this can be true, it doesn't have to be. Are you ready to save money, get healthier, and stop sending so much trash to the landfill? You can get started wherever you are living. The important thing is to get started...

Tool Called Hoaxy Fact-Checks Fake News

Tool Called Hoaxy Fact-Checks Fake NewsA new tool called Hoaxy lets you search for terms and articles, and shows you how claims spread on Twitter as well as efforts to fact-check them.

A Savvy News Consumer’s Guide To Not Get Faked Out

A Savvy News Consumer’s Guide To Not Get Faked OutWell news fans, to mix metaphors, the ball is now squarely in your court. “Fake news” is everywhere. And now, there’s a “fake news” story with real-life consequences...

Americans Are Closer To Gun Violence Than They Think

Americans Are Closer To Gun Violence Than They ThinkNearly all Americans are likely to know a victim of gun violence within their social networks during their lifetime. The findings suggest citizens are “closer to gun violence than they perceive,” write the authors of a new study.

How Tribal Thinking Has Left Us In A Post-truth World

How Tribal Thinking Has Left Us In A Post-truth WorldIn light of Brexit, and the United States election campaign that gave us President-elect Donald J Trump, Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” its 2016 word of the year.

Why The Social Predictions of HG Wells Are So Significant

Why The Social Predictions of HG Wells Are So SignificantNo writer is more renowned for his ability to foresee the future than HG Wells. His writing can be seen to have predicted the aeroplane, the tank, space travel, the atomic bomb, satellite television and the worldwide web.

How The Media Shapes Our View Of Women Leaders

How The Media Shapes Our View Of Women LeadersDuring the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Julia Gillard, prime minister of Australia between 2010 and 2013, wrote an open letter to Hillary Clinton in The New York Times.

Has The Life Of The Barbershops Been Cut Short?

Has The Life Of The Barbershops Been Cut Short?With their red, white and blue striped poles, dark Naugahyde chairs and straight razor shaves, barbershops hold a special place in American culture.

Why Are People Starting To Believe In UFOs Again?

Why Are People Starting To Believe In UFOs Again?The 1990s were a high-water mark for public interest in UFOs and alien abduction. Shows like “The X-Files” and Fox’s “alien autopsy” hoax were prime-time events, while MIT even hosted an academic conference on the abduction phenomenon.

Why The US Doesn't Have Proper Gun Regulation

Why The US Doesn't Have Proper Gun RegulationThere is a segment of the American population who believes passionately that guns are critical for personal protection against both violent individuals and governmental intrusion. They believe nothing should prevent them from getting the guns they need to do that.

The Truth About Ethnic Diversity Of Neighborhoods

The Truth About Ethnic Diversity Of NeighborhoodsIn many European countries, people overestimate the share of minority populations and immigration volume. This could be a result of people not being well informed or knowledgeable about the social issues around them.

How Driverless Vehicles Will Redefine Mobility

Let the robot drive. A concept car interior designed around autonomy. gmanviz/flickr, CC BY-NC-NDMy grandmother, Christine Johanna Hoffman, was born in 1894 and died in 1990. In the course of her lifetime, she witnessed the advent of indoor plumbing and home electrification, the Wright Brothers' first flight, the debut of the Ford Model T and man landing on the moon, just to name a few.

The Global Bike Sharing Boom And Why Cities Love A Cycling Scheme

Coming through! sama093/Flickr, CC BY-NC-NDAs urbanisation and modernisation reach unprecedented levels, road congestion has become a modern day menace. Heavy traffic is associated with air pollution, safety risks, and losses in terms of accessibility, economic competitiveness, sustainable growth and social cohesion. 

Yes, Robots Will Steal Our Jobs, But Don't Worry, We'll Get New Ones

Yes, Robots Will Steal Our Jobs, But Don't Worry, We'll Get New OnesThe U.S. economy added 2.7 million jobs in 2015, capping the best two-year stretch of employment growth since the late ‘90’s, pushing the unemployment rate down to five percent.

Will The Internet Out Evolve Humanity?

Will The Internet Out Evolve Humanity?Living things accumulate and reproduce information. That’s really the driving principle behind life, and behind evolution. But humans have invented a new method of accumulating and reproducing information. It’s digital information, and it’s growing at an astonishing speed. The number of people using the internet is growing, as are the devices connected to it through the Internet of Things.

Fast, Faster, Fastest: Why the Rush?

Fast, Faster, Fastest: Why the Rush?Socrates and Plato were not in a hurry. Neither was Aristotle nor Heraclitus. They took time to think deeply. As far back as twenty-four centuries ago, they offered insights and observations about the human condition, character, and personality that are as true today as they were then.

The Withering Of The Political Culture War

The Withering Of The Political Culture WarI like speaking before senior citizen groups about my research on the American culture war. Seniors almost all recognize the PowerPoint image of the late Spiro Agnew, former vice president and “attack man” for President Richard Nixon.

Homeownership Losing Role As The Lynchpin Of The American Dream

homeownership 6 1June is National Homeownership Month. Realtors, home builders, lenders and governmental officials have celebrated it since 2003, when former President George W Bush designated June a month to commemorate homeownership’s role in building wealth and creating strong and stable neighborhoods.

How The Verizon AOL Deal Subverts An Open Internet And Net Neutrality

How The Verizon AOL Deal Subverts An Open Internet And Net NeutralityTelecommunication companies were up in arms in February after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made net neutrality the law of the land by classifying broadband internet as a utility, seeming to ensure there would be no pay-to-play fast lanes.

Do Mobile Devices In The Classroom Improve Learning?

mobile devices in classroomsMobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones

How to Share and the Different Styles of Sharing

How to Share and Styles of SharingIf you’re an entrepreneurial spirit, you might have already noticed a need that could be met by sharing in your community. If you live in a place where collaborative consumption is just catching on (or maybe unheard of), it might be better to try an established online community that can help you learn the ropes.

Game Theory Offers Clues On Why We Cooperate (and Why We Don't)

Game Theory Offers Clues On Why We Cooperate (and Why We Don't)Why do people cooperate? This isn’t a question anyone seriously asks. The answer is obvious: we cooperate because doing so is usually synergistic. It creates more benefit for less cost and makes our lives easier and better.

Higher Density Living Can Make Us Healthier, But Not On Its Own

Higher Density Living Can Make Us Healthier, But Not On Its OwnIn cities across the country, the promotion of higher residential densities in certain areas has become an orthodox part of urban planning. Consolidation, as opposed to sprawl, is seen as a way to accommodate the apparent inevitability of larger cities in a more sustainable, economical, and healthy way.

4 Ways To Include Social Equity In City Planning

4 Ways To Include Social Equity In City PlanningUrban transportation planning is mainly concerned with easing traffic congestion, improving safety, and saving time for motorists. Most metropolitan transportation plans strive to blend environmental, economic, and social-equity goals to promote sustainability.

What Is Behind The Americans’ Declining Trust In Others And Institutions

What Is Behind The Americans’ Declining Trust In Others And Institutions

As each U.S. election cycle rolls by, public life seems to grow more rancorous, frayed and fragmented, and the 2014 midterms were no exception. There is a palpable sense that something deeper is at work in America, some sea change in the underlying patterns of life, but is this valid?

10 Reasons Democracy May Prevail Despite GOP Voting Restrictions

 10 Reasons Democracy May Prevail Despite GOP Voting Restrictions

There’s a battle underway to protect Americans’ right to vote, and recent news from the frontlines has been grim. Republicans, assisted by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, have passed new restrictions at a breakneck pace. Texas’ draconian voter ID law was just upheld, possibly disenfranchising as many 600,000 voters.

Digital Death and The Digital Afterlife: How To Have One or How To Avoid It

Digital Death and The Digital Afterlife. How To Have One And How To Avoid It

In 2012, the UK’s Sunday Times reported that actor Bruce Willis was going to sue Apple because he was not legally allowed to bequeath his iTunes collection of music to his children. The story turned out to be false but it did start a conversation about what we can, and can’t, do with our digital possessions.

As Traditional Media Falters, Hyperlocal News Takes Its Place

As Traditional Media Falters, Hyperlocal News Takes It's Place

As an example of mass participatory journalism, where the voices of ordinary citizens are heard as much as public officials or PR professionals, the UK’s hyperlocal news network is second to none.

Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the U.S. Border?

Why Are Immigrant Children Flooding Across the U.S. Border?

So far this year, more than 48,000 undocumented minors have been detained while crossing the U.S. border from Mexico. But increasingly, the kids aren't from Mexico. They're from Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, and they're fleeing from violence and poverty in their home countries, according to Reuters.

Your Life In Their Hands – Privacy And Your Mobile Device

Your Life In Their Hands – Privacy And Your Mobile Device

The explosive uptake of mobile devices including smartphones and tablets has us immersed in a complex, volatile soup of hyper-connected digital technologies, where not only is the perception of time being compressed, but privacy protections are being reshaped.

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Nieuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.

The Children of the Millennium Are A Catalyst for Change

Children of the Millenium: Catalyst for Change

Today’s youth are so civic minded that some social commentators have dubbed them the “civic generation.” For them, it seems the American Dream has taken on a whole new meaning: it’s all about the people. “Community service is part of their DNA. It’s part of this generation to care about something larger than themselves...”

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

How To Save Equal Access on the Internet

Publicly owned networks in cities across the US preserve net neutrality and provide quality service. With the announcement by the FCC that cable and telephone companies will be allowed to prioritize access to their customers, only one option remains that can guarantee an open internet: owning the means of distribution.

Taking Back The Streets One Community Garden At A Time

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Meet the tenacious gardeners putting down roots in "America's most desperate town". They're not always optimistic about the future of Camden, N.J. But they're committed to it anyway, and they've created one of the nation's fastest growing networks of urban farms.

12 Agrihoods That Are Building Sustainable Communities

12 Agrihoods That Are Building Sustainable Communities

Ever wish you could live at your CSA? Or move to a neighborhood where everyone is as excited about fresh, healthy food as you are? All over the United States people are embracing local food production in an exciting new way. Called 'agrihoods,' this new type of neighborhood serves up farm-to-table living in a cooperative environment.

Separate, Unequal and Ignored: The Status of our Lower Class

Separate, Unequal and Ignored: The Status of our Lower Class

As income inequality has risen in the United States, significant research and press coverage has been devoted to how Americans may be correspondingly “sorting” themselves into class-based, or high- and lower-income, communities, as well as to the rise of suburban poverty.

How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of Their Citizens

How Cities Can Share for the Benefit of Their Citizens

“People are starting to ask, ‘What can we do together that we can’t do by ourselves?’” Perhaps not surprisingly, it’s the same ethos behind the sharing economy, an economic trend that Bradley believes emerged from the Great Recession. People are beginning to understand...

The Great American Middle Class Economic U-Turn

The Great American Middle Class Economic U-Turn

Do you recall a time in America when the income of a single school teacher or baker or salesman or mechanic was enough to buy a home, have two cars, and raise a family? I remember. My father (who just celebrated his 100th birthday) earned enough for the rest of us to live comfortably...

Middle School, Misfits, and The Milky Way: Seeing Life from the Edge

Middle School, Misfits, and The Milky Way: Living on the Edge

I carried with me through life this lesson I learned in Middle School – the practice of viewing a culture, civilization or grouping of any kind from its edge. From that vantage point I could look within and view its dynamics and motion more clearly than from the center. I could also look outward...

Family Farming Was Once The Backbone of America

2014 Is The Year of Family Farming

A United Nations designation provides the perfect opportunity to invest in small- and medium-sized farms. In the broad discussion of agriculture, family farmers often don’t get as much attention as large-scale industrial farming operations.

Our Big, Cheap Wedding Fought Consumerism & Helped The Planet

How Our Big, Cheap Wedding Fought Consumerism & Helped The Planet

Once we had decided affirmatively that, yes, we did want to get married, we were left with a daunting question: “What does a non-commercial, environmentalist, radical wedding look like?” Furthermore, was it possible to make the wedding not only about celebrating our commitment and bringing our families together, but about making a difference in the world?

How to Reclaim our World from Techno-Addiction

How to Reclaim our World from Techno-Addiction

What we have is a failure to be able to differentiate between fact and fiction, between ordinary and authentic, between virtual and actual, and between believing and knowing. Life is not just about video games and text messaging, game consoles, and tracking the minutia of...

How We Can Shift Social Norms

How We Can Shift Social Norms

Social norms can change, especially when a novel idea is evidence-based and powerful and people are exposed to it for a time. Even so, cultural shifts don't happen overnight. According to one analysis of social movements, there is first a period in which...

Pornography: Harmful or Crucial?

Pornography: Harmful or Crucial? by Julie McIntyre

Are the arguments that porn increases pedophiliac tendencies and makes men want to rape and therefore increases the risk of child abuse and rape legitimate? Aside from any studies done on these issues, think about...

Austerity Dealth Toll Rises AS Fertilizer Plant Not Inspected For 5 Years

In the wake of the deadly explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant, reporter Mike Elk of In These Times magazine joins us to discuss the plant’s safety record and the troubling regulatory environment for workplaces in Texas and nationwide. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has not inspected West Fertilizer Co. in five years, and the EPA fined the plant in 2006 for failing to have a risk management plan. Elk says OSHA is understaffed and underfunded nationwide, across all industries

Detroit, Community Resilience and the American Dream

Detroit, Community Resilience and the American Dream

Detroit, in a lot of ways, parallels the track we are on as a nation. The snapshot of our future is staring us in the face in the stereotypical shots of Detroit. But I believe Detroit also holds the key to the future of this great nation.

Competition & Being Competitive: A National Treasure?

Competition: A National Treasure?

It seems that our world works very much on a competitive basis. Whether it’s the university you attend, the grades you get, the scores you receive, the wages you earn, your position on the job, or the games you play, competition is at the center, the very core of it all. Is there a way to be truly competitive and not become...

Going Local: Cutting Out The Transportation

Going Local: Cutting Out The Transportation by Anthony Weston

Today the average calorie travels something like 1,500 miles, were told, to reach our tables. Whole fleets of 747s exist just to fly kiwi fruits to the US from New Zealand. It is time to grow locally adapted varieties right at home, or...

The Power of Metamorphosis: Being a Conscious Co-Creator

The Power of Metamorphosis: Being a Conscious Co-CreatorWe are on a long journey together, yet this is just the begin­ning of our new lives and of our work in co-creating new worlds. We are a growing band of pioneering souls scattered in every culture, field, discipline, age, and background. We can have compassion for all others and ourselves. We are...

A Compassionate Revolution: From Breakdown to Transformation

A Compassionate Revolution: From Breakdown to TransformationIt is time for a compassionate revolution. Many revolutions have passed in history, but all have been violent. Violence is not part of the organizing principle of Oneness which will emerge, and major political and social change will occur as a natural unfolding of human evolution.

General World Predictions (2012 - 2032)

General World Predictions (2012 - 2032)

by Diana Cooper. A forecast is the likely outcome based on the situation and mindset of the people at a given time. There are many influences on the world that we are not aware of.  A forecast, therefore, is not set in stone. People are changing and moving rapidly in their ideas and consciousness, and this affects future outcomes.

Vision of the Future: From Generation to Generation

Vision of the Future: From Generation to Generation

by Barbara Hand Clow. Many people who were born since 1965 seek ways to live in a less material world. They know this is the only possible next step, since Earth can’t sustain the current level of technological overload. We will be less materialistic in the next cycle as we remember how to...

Growing Vegetables on the Sidewalk

Growing Vegetables on the Sidewalk

A tempest in a tea pot? The English town of Todmorden mixes politics and growing lunch. Its guerrilla gardening group has reached a certain notoriety that transcends borders and continents.

Good & Evil: The Big Picture

The person that was convicted of the murder is ultimately proven to be innocent. Our modern DNA sampling proves that the person who was tried and convicted is not the murderer. Then all these people say, “Oh great! Did we mess up or what?” That changes things a bit, doesn’t it?

The Birthing of a New World

Talk of fundamental change in the world around us is often met with skepticism. Change in society, we are told, is never really fundamental: as the French saying goes, plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose (the more things change, the more they are the same). A more sophisticated variant of the prevalent view adds that certain processes in society — trends — make a significant difference...

Consciousness: The Shift

Consciousness: The Shift

Zoologist & paleo-anthropologist Hank Wesselman is a scientist with a foot in two worlds. He spent 30 years researching evolution in the Great Rift Valley in Africa and has also trained in shamanism for more than twenty years. He sees evidence that widespread and transformational spiritual awakening is...

Stuff, Stuff, and More Stuff

Before moving to Taos, I owned a townhouse that was almost two thousand square feet and had a two-car garage, plus lots of closet space, all of it full. It was filled with the stuff accumulated after a decade or so in the working world. Long before I moved, I decided to clean out my garage. It took...

Aspects of the Feminine: Rediscovering Our Essential Light and Power

Aspects of the Feminine: Rediscovering Our Essential Light and Power

Throughout the years, I became more cognizant of the high levels of stress, anxiety, suffering, and exhaustion that are the signature of our modem lifestyle. It became clear that the vision of woman being offered by the dream merchants of our Western society was extremely problematic.

Against or For?

I was feeling sad this morning, feeling the state of the world in my heart, and remembering how I felt at 20 after taking a University class entitled 'History of Human Conflict'. At that time, I asked myself 'Won't mankind ever learn?' And today, over thirty years later, I find myself asking the same question.

Another Murder? We Get Exactly What We Put Into Society!

Another Murder?

by Beth Vishnevsky. These senseless tragedies should open our eyes really wide. Our children don't value each other because we don't value each other. Our children don't know what respect and responsibility are all about because we are not setting a good enough example. The value of life? Everyday, we see classic examples of just the opposite.

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