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Those Who Say Guns Don't Kill People Are Anti-American Bigots

William H. Harwood | Posted 10.08.2015 | Impact
William H. Harwood

"Guns don't kill people. People kill people." We've all heard this argument. Some think it ridiculous, while others chant it like a mantra--especially every time one of a thousand massacres in the US manages to get airtime, or a kid shoots another kid.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools -- Part 3: Student Reactions to Philosophy

Frank Breslin | Posted 10.01.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

It was apparent in discussing their reactions to the course that some students found it hard to accept that there are no universally agreed-upon answers to the big questions of life; that a number of plausible answers exist to those questions

100 Days Left to Make Good on Your 2015 Resolutions

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Siebold

If you haven't been as successful as you had hoped or didn't even make a dent in the goals you set at the beginning of the year, relax. You have just over three months to make good on those promises. Here are 10 tips for making the most of the last 100 days of 2015.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 2: Conducting Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.19.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Teaching philosophy entails making students aware of what they may overlook -- the emotional advantages and disadvantages of holding a particular viewpoint. This is important because students may not even realize that the emotions can exercise a powerful influence upon thinking.

It's Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?

The Zinn Education Project | Posted 09.16.2015 | Politics
The Zinn Education Project

As students compare the actual Constitution with their classroom-generated Constitution, they realize that the framers took sides. But why these particular sides? Inevitably, most students want to learn who wrote the Constitution and which social groups they represented.

Capitalism Can Defeat Economic Inequality

Steve Siebold | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If you're one of those people whose financial situation isn't quite where you want it to be, start focusing your mental energy where it belongs: on the big money! Making money is easy once you know how to do it.

The Predicament of Beauty

Maria X. Liu | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

the most beautiful person is often the most fragile, because their sense of self worth is dependent on a fleeting notion requiring constant affirmation. Someone must judge the beautiful person to be beautiful and other people must agree, otherwise there exists no basis to determine that beauty.

The Case for Philosophy in America's High Schools - Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 09.03.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

What should be surprising is not that a case must be made for philosophy in America's high schools, but that philosophy hasn't already become an integral part of its schools long ago.

Outrageous Acts of Thinking: The Misuse of Science

Deborah Berebichez | Posted 09.01.2015 | Science
Deborah Berebichez

What distinguishes an outrageous idea from a reasonable one? And how are these different from a true or a false idea? I suspect that many people confuse reasonable/outrageous with true/false, which can make it difficult to understand sometimes counterintuitive scientific findings.

Program Yourself for Success

Steve Siebold | Posted 08.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Siebold

Most importantly, and it can't be stressed enough, make the decision today to take responsibility for old programming that does not serve you. It changed my life immeasurably, and I'm sure it can change yours, too.

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

Education is not about being taught more and more reasons about why we alone are right and everyone else is wrong. Rather, it is a process of being given more and more air, a wider perspective that affords us a grander, more Olympian sweep of everything.

Guide to Mothers Raising Teenage Daughters

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

realistically, she wants to be separate from her mother physically and emotionally most of the time. She's a teenager who wants her own identity. So how do you focus your motherhood to maintain a solid relationship with your growing teenage daughter?

How Do Parents Politicize Their Children?

Laurie Hollman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.07.2015 | Parents
Laurie Hollman, Ph.D.

How do we give our children the ability to think critically, politically? I had the opportunity to hear two very different conversations that showed me how parents politicize their kids.

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

Frank Breslin | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

While ensuring students' physical safety is a school's first order of priority, the school should be no less vigilant in safeguarding them from propaganda that will assail them for the rest of their lives.

Just What Are the Liberal Arts Anyway?

Cecilia Gaposchkin | Posted 07.20.2015 | College
Cecilia Gaposchkin

As parents send their kids off to college this fall, and those same kids try to figure out what they want to study, and as those of us who teach in liberal arts institutions begin talking to those students about the purpose and meaning of the educations they are about to embark upon, we should all keep in mind what our ultimate aims are.

Donald Trump Rocks Vegas Crowd

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

While many people might not take him seriously as a candidate for president of the United States, his rhetoric is scratching the proverbial itch of Americans through his no-holds barred, bold and direct, politically incorrect approach to the country's problems.

Everyone Should Be Required to See "Inside Out"

Mark Baer | Posted 07.13.2015 | Entertainment
Mark Baer

I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved in the production and development of Disney•Pixar's film "Inside Out." The film is named "Inside Out" because it is about the inner workings of the mind, which controls how people behave.

Still Against Gay Marriage? Read This!

Steve Siebold | Posted 07.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Steve Siebold

To all my LGBT friends and Americans, this is your time. Congratulations! The bullies and bigots will kick and scream like the small minded manipulators they are, but it hasn't been enough to prevent Americans from doing the right thing.

A Global Solution Towards Human Evolution, Development and Empathy

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Multiple deadly attacks arose multiple questions and covered up all my mind all long this first weekend of summer.

Six Lessons in Critical Thinking from a Professional Critical Thinker

Joe De Sena | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Joe De Sena

We sat down with Risa Mish, Professor of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Leadership at Cornell University, for Spartan Up! The Podcast to find out how to maximize our own critical thinking.

How Do We Write When We Write About Art?

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 05.29.2015 | Arts
Hannah Lamarque

We all have tried to talk about an affecting or lasting experience to our closest friends and been struck by the thought that language simply is not enough. It's hard to talk about art in a way which feels truly meaningful.

7 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Money This Summer

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.29.2015 | Parents
Steve Siebold

The most financially aware parents teach their children that it's right to want to be rich, and it's also possible for anyone who thinks big.

I'm Giving Away Most Of The Money I'll Ever Earn. Here's How I'm Doing It.

Toby Ord | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Toby Ord

A few years ago, I decided to give away most of the money I'll earn in my career. At the same time, I made an even more important decision. I decided to give my money to the charities that do the most good.

Let's Take Action Instead of Praying About It

Steve Siebold | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Steve Siebold

If your own critical thinking tells you to pray to Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha or even the Spaghetti Monster, by all means say your prayers in the privacy of your own home or silently if in a public setting.

The Practical Liberal Arts

Ira Silver | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Ira Silver

It is a critical time for liberal arts institutions that serve this student body to engage in better publicity about the vocational value of the liberal arts. Now, there's a message worthy of a commencement address.