Do Millennials Have a Different Understanding of Harassment?

Sexual misbehavior may have existed for all time, but these days we’re seeing something different. Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly, and many more are finally being held accountable for their predatory actions, at least in the court of public opinion. Those whose allegations of sexual misbehavior are coming out now are facing far more … Continued

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What a 30-Year-Old Book by Michael Crichton Can Teach Us About the Search for Alien Life Today

In 1961 astrophysicist Frank Drake introduced an equation to calculate the number of intelligent alien civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. His original calculations put the number between 1,000 and 100,000,000. The “Drake Equation,” as it became known, generated much excitement and spurred interest in SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Yet more than half … Continued

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Stop Sending Mixed Messages About Transgender Kids

What if your ten-year-old child said he wanted to be a dolphin when he grew up? Would you just laugh? Would you even entertain the idea? Of course not. How could you? Hardly any parent, community or school system would go along with this. But every day, more and more, the idea that kids can … Continued

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The Virtues of Free Will—If We Have Any, That Is

Apparently, free will is a hot topic for scientists this year. In just the last few months The Atlantic, New York magazine, The Independent, and several other publications have run stories about it. Judging by some of their titles—“There’s No Such Thing As Free Will,” “Scientific Evidence That You Probably Don’t Have Free Will,” etc.—it … Continued

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What It’s Like to Live With Attention Deficit Disorder

During a recent adventure down an alluring click-bait Internet rabbit hole, I landed on a WebMD page that claimed to contain a list of “Celebrities with ADD/HD.” The top two names—Justin Timberlake and Michael Phelps—jumped out at me and so not only did I read on, but I also ended up visiting multiple websites that … Continued

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Marco Rubio and the Masculinity Police

Presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently mocked a Washington Post story that recounted a brief encounter with law enforcement that Rubio had when he was eighteen. Rubio was caught hanging out in a park after hours, a misdemeanor. Rubio hit back with a fake ad revealing his other crimes—coloring outside the lines, double-dipping potato chips. The … Continued

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Tennyson and the Art of Motivation

The science of education produces more reports, studies, and expert opinions than any civilization can handle. A new report from the Carnegie Foundation looks at the science of motivation in schoolrooms today. For the unknowing, this is the interdisciplinary study of psychology, neurobiology, cognitive science, management science, and organizational science to understand students; what makes … Continued

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Prudence: Long Live the Queen

From The Seven Deadly Virtues, Andrew Ferguson’s take on the lack of prudence in New Science, which he defines as “the application of the methodologies of the physical sciences to realms of human behavior— our motives, habits, morality, emotions, instincts, likes, and dislikes.” — [Ed.] A pile of studies in the New Science has been rising … Continued

Books, The Seven Deadly Virtues

The Sad Burden of Depression

Robin Williams’ apparent suicide stunned the world this week. And for good reason: It’s safe to say no clown had more class. He will be missed. The shocking news was all the more devastating with the revelation that the likely cause was depression. Here was a man whose personality was so beloved that hardly a … Continued

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“Enclothed Cognition”: You Feel What Your Wear

What you wear affects your mood and your life. This is the observation of British professor and psychologist Karen J. Pine, who has just written an interesting Kindle single: Mind What You Wear: the Psychology of Fashion. Even as a Kindle single—which is really just an extended essay—Mind What You Wear feels just a tad … Continued

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