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Human Nature

Are We Losing It? Balancing the Good and Evil Within

Levi Ben-Shmuel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Levi Ben-Shmuel

The distractions that tempt us and move us into our own little worlds is formidable and potentially destructive. Yet just as formidable is the generosity of the human spirit.

Human Nature: What Kind of Creature Are We?

John Robbins | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Robbins

What kind of creature are we? There are those who believe human beings are fundamentally selfish, and others who believe we only need love to flourish. I stand in neither camp.

Michael Jackson: Never Can Say Goodbye

Timothy Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Timothy Cooper

I remember June 25th, 2009 vividly. I remember standing in the sweltering epicenter of Metro Center in Washington, D.C. I got a voicemail message. It was my dad telling me that Michael Jackson had passed away.

Big World, Small Brains

Mark Olmsted | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Olmsted

Our physical evolution proceeds at the same glacial pace as it has for millions of years, whereas our cultural evolution now moves at relative hyper-speed.

The Joy of Empathy: Why It Matters & How to Teach It to Your Kids

Maia Szalavitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maia Szalavitz

Most of us come into the world and receive parenting that implicitly teaches us that joy is shared. Babies don't just smile spontaneously -- they also smile radiantly back when people smile at them.

'The Hurt Locker' vs. 'Avatar': Were the Academy Awards Small-Minded?

Dr. Wendy Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dr. Wendy Jacobson

Was the message to Cameron, "You've gotten quite enough awards and kudos for Titanic and the rest of your work. Be satisfied"?

Elizabeth Warren and Goliath

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jim Wallis

As Elizabeth Warren, a good Methodist, warns: The banks are trying everything they can think of to kill financial reform. And we must not let them do that.

Why I Am Not Enlightened

Eliezer Sobel | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eliezer Sobel

I finally figured out why I'm not enlightened. Over 30 years ago, when I had just made the proverbial first step on a "journey of a thousand miles" I heard the following well-known tale...

The Poetic Narrative Of Our Times

David Whyte | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Whyte

It is the task of poetry to bring our eyes to bear on the heart breaking nature of our disappearances, which are unavoidable no matter our economic standing or our education.

'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness in time to avert planetary collapse?

The Respectable Face of Extremism

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jonathan Weiler

Greenspan didn't take steps to induce more moderate, responsible and balanced investment in the housing sector not because he couldn't, but because he did not believe it was his job to shepherd responsibly our economy. In his worldview, markets do that all by themselves.

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Jim Selman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

We somehow looked beyond color, religion, education, class, income and all the other things we've used to separate us from each other.