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

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.

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.

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...

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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.

Death of the World Ego

The hierarchical elite that has always controlled information and knowledge is in fact the world ego of the planetary group soul, of which we are all a part. Over the years to come, you will witness the grandiose and magnificent process of the planetary group soul breaking free from its ego's dominance.

Ray Of Remembrance

You have chosen to come upon this earth from many diversified energies. In this melting pot that you call America, you have chosen to extend your energies to flow with one another.

Birthing A New Cultural Myth

The suggestion that we do away with mythology is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of myth and of the human psyche. Myth in some form is inevitable and necessary. What is our goal, our meaning, our purpose as human beings? These are the questions a myth can answer.


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