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Bernard Starr, Ph.D., psychologist/journalist/gerontologist, was formerly professor of developmental and educational psychology and director of a graduate program in gerontology at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. He is founder, and for 25 years the managing editor, of the cutting edge Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Springer Publishing Co.); also editor of the Springer Series, Adulthood and Aging and Lifestyles and Issues in Aging. For seven years he was writer, producer and host of an award winning radio commentary, The Longevity Report, on WEVD-AM Radio in NYC that was twice nominated for the Alfred I. duPont Award in Broadcast Journalism. His numerous op-ed and commentary articles on issues of an aging society for the Scripps Howard News Service have appeared in newspapers throughout the United States. He currently produces and hosts television documentaries on meaningful, active and productive living in the third age of life for Phoenix Rising Television Productions. From 2008-2010 he was president of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy and is currently the main United Nations representative for the Institute of Global Education that founded the Mucherla Global School in Mucherla, India. Dr. Starr is co author of The Starr-Weiner Report on Sex and Sexuality in the Mature Years (Stein and Day and McGraw Hill; also British and German editions). His latest book, Escape Your Own Prison: Why We Need Spirituality and Psychology to be Truly Free, is published by Rowman and Littlefield.

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Understanding The Second Amendment: Why Yesterday's Rights About Guns And Militias Don't Make Sense Today

(486) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 2:23 PM

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Commonly Used One Shot Musket in the American Revolution -- wikia.com

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution calls for:

"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms,...
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Harnessing 'Senior Power' to Boost Our Economy

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2016 | 7:42 PM

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Advice columnist Ann Landers once remarked: "At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all." That indifference...

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Our Military Will Not Stop This Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 11:33 PM

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The Longevity Revolution is Here; designed by Bernard Starr


Some years ago, a retail homegoods company created the catchy slogan "It ain't just paint" to tell the public that their stores sold much more than paint. The ad campaign apparently failed since...

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The Transformation of the Virgin Mary: How a Jewish Girl From Nazareth Became a Christian Icon

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:56 AM

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Rest on the Flight into Egypt with Saint John the Baptist (c.1509) by Fra Bartolommeo--wikimeda.org

The four Gospels--Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John-- provide skimpy biographies of Jesus, with huge time gaps. We meet Jesus in brief citations as a newborn, a six-year- old...

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Why Christians Should Celebrate Passover

(4) Comments | Posted April 20, 2016 | 11:46 AM

The Passover holiday commemorates the exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. It's a celebration of freedom. On this basis alone Christians should join Jews in celebrating Passover. Why? No exodus, no Christianity.

But there's a more persuasive reason. In Jesus' time, Passover was the holiest celebration on the...

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Students Should Demand Their Colleges Produce Free Open Textbooks to End the Textbook Racket

(5) Comments | Posted April 10, 2016 | 1:34 PM

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creativecommons.org

It's common knowledge that the cost of higher education in the United States is outrageous. And despite shockingly high tuitions, which bar many qualified students and burdens others with near lifelong debt, there is no significant relief in sight. Is it...

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How the "Dumbest" Country Became the Leader in Technology and Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 10:31 AM

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PISA Scores Coordinated by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development( OECD)
The headlines proclaim frightening news about American education. It has been failing for decades and is getting worse; American students are among the dumbest in the world, ranking...
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Art Historians Miss the Mark: Follow the Money Trail for Surprising Revelations About Renaissance Art

(0) Comments | Posted February 24, 2016 | 1:38 PM

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Crucifixion & Last Judgment by Wikimedia.org


A current exhibit (January 25-April 14, 2016) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City features an in-depth examination of two paintings by famed Renaissance artist Jan van Eyck: Crucifixion and...

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Bernie Sanders' Health Care for All and Free College: Idealism or Practical Realism?

(4) Comments | Posted February 4, 2016 | 11:14 AM

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Fifty-eight countries with universal health care--en.wikipedia.org

Republicans and other critics call Bernie Sanders' proposals for single payer health care for all and free college education impractical idealism. Do these proposals represent idealism? And are they impractical?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary's simple...

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Bible Expert's Surprising Findings About Jews and Judaism Revealed in the New Testament

(410) Comments | Posted January 5, 2016 | 9:35 AM

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Jews and Judaism in the New Testament. Photo by Chynna Starr

It's well known that Christianity sprang from a Jewish context. While there may be controversy about Jesus' Judaism vs. the traditional Judaism of the Sanhedrin, the ruling body of Judaism in the...

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For Bernie Sanders: A Practical Plan for Free College Education That Can Work Now!

(5) Comments | Posted November 25, 2015 | 12:01 AM

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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposes free tuition at public colleges and universities in his "College for All Act." Who wouldn't welcome that? For most Americans the cost of four years of college is prohibitive. It excludes capable students...

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The Election Campaigns Need Fresh Acts. Will the New Ones Make Us Laugh and Spin?

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 11:55 PM

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The presidential candidates face a serious dilemma. With almost a year to go before the 2016 election they have repeated their scripts and mantras over and over -- and have exhausted everything they have to say.

Does anyone want to...

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The Holocaust: A Homework Assignment for Ben Carson

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:09 PM

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Bielski Jewish partisans in the forest--en.wikipedia.org


Campaigning for president is no picnic. Once a person is committed to running he or she can say goodbye to a normal life. The trip to the Oval Office is a marathon of...

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A Psychologist Replays the Trials of Jesus and Paul, and Uncovers Surprising Revelations

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2015 | 9:54 AM

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Jesus before Pilate by Antonio Ciseri--wikimedia and Paul before Festus and Agrippa by Vasily Surikov--wikiart


Jesus and Paul to Sanhedrin: "If I'm not a Jew you can stew but not pursue or sue."


I'm a psychologist, so when...

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Ben Carson Still Insists Jews Could Have Gunned Their Way out of the Holocaust

(5) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 4:48 PM

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The Holocaust -- en.wikimedia.org

Is there no limit to how low Republicans will stoop to defend the gun culture?

On October 8, 2015, in a transparent pandering to gun lovers and their lobbies, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson made the shocking...

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Will the World Awaken? Prospects For the Sustainable Development Agenda Adopted by the United Nations

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 12:29 PM

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Pope Francis at the UN -- photo by United Nations News Centre

Read the headlines or watch the news and you're sure to get depressed. The world is falling apart. Anger, violence, and mayhem seem the norm everywhere. And the abuse of our...

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Who Was the Most Destructive Jewish "Messiah"? It Wasn't Jesus

(86) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:48 AM

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Moses Maimonides by Wzwz--commons.wikimedia.org (Maimonides Set Requirements For Fulfilling Messianic Prophesy)


Ask Jewish people why they reject Jesus, and most will say it's because he falsely declared himself to be the Messiah. In maintaining this stance they are following...

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"Dumb and Dumber": An American Political Trademark?

(7) Comments | Posted September 15, 2015 | 5:59 PM

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Image designed by Bernard Starr


Napoleon once quipped, "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." When it comes to America's current array of politicians Napoleon's observation couldn't be more apt.

While the Kurds-Quds gotcha question posed to Donald...

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Art Can Inspire Faith. It Can Also Empower Destructive Ideologies. Renaissance Art Depictions of Jesus Did Both

(28) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:07 PM

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Lament of Jesus #3 by Hugh Colmer, with permission

A June 2015 art exhibit, "The Transformative Power of Art," at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, harnessed the universal language of art to convey an important message: "Our fragile...

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Destroying Ivory to Save Elephants: Is it Working?

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 10:33 PM

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Seized items for Times Square Ivory Crush. Photo by Bernard Starr

Our planet is facing unprecedented mass extinctions of species. And we humans are the culprits. A just released study (June 19, 2015) reveals that "477 vertebrates have gone extinct since...

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