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Children's 'Intelligence' Can Fluctuate Much More Than We Thought

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.18.2016 | Science

Humans are dynamic beings -- the result of a complex web of inherited traits and environmental factors. So does nature or nurture ultimately dominate...

Scheer Intelligence: William Binney and Blowing the Whistle On the NSA

Robert Scheer | Posted 03.11.2016 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Binney spent over 30 years at the National Security Agency as a high-ranked official and left in 2002 after criticizing the agency's system for collecting data on Americans.

Fighting Autocracy with Democracy

Harry Boyte | Posted 03.11.2016 | Education
Harry Boyte

We need to name and advance resources for democracy these days. Deborah Meier, in our blog conversation in Education Week about democracy in schools (...

Israel's Edge: The Story of the IDF's Most Elite Unit - Talpiot

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 03.07.2016 | Books
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

This week the United States European Command and Israel held joint exercises. A big part of the mission was to test the reliably of Israel's three ti...

We Assume Beauty Also Means Brains

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living

Beauty and brains are the oft-citied qualities of a true catch. And whether or not it's true, when a person exhibits the former, we tend to think they...

Intelligence vs. Intellect

Michael Neill | Posted 03.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

The only advice I can offer, from one recovering intellect to perhaps another, is that the moment you turn away from your thoughts and allow them to settle, the intelligence that exists beyond the intellect will be waiting for you, right there where you left it...

Arrival: The Post(Modern) University, Secret Agents, and the Value of Discretion

John Stroup | Posted 02.22.2016 | College
John Stroup

Last time I described the predicament I face as a 21st-century historian of Christianity. I welcome students wanting a more nuanced curriculum, and I...

The U.S. Had A Cyberattack Planned If Iran Nuclear Dispute Led To Conflict

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 02.16.2016 | Politics

BERLIN — In the early years of the Obama administration, the United States developed an elaborate plan for a cyberattack on Iran in case the diploma...

Writing and Limitless Intelligence

William Kenower | Posted 02.10.2016 | Books
William Kenower

I used to think of a person's intelligence like a computer. Just as some computers have bigger hard drives and faster processors and more RAM than oth...

Did A Spy-Turned-Congressman Just Out His Role In Cyber War With Russia?

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grim | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A former CIA operative who now serves as a member of Congress indicated at a recent public event that the U.S. has engaged in "offensive...

REPORT: The U.S. Has Been Spying On Israel For Over A Decade

The Intercept | Annum Masroor | Posted 01.29.2016 | World

American and British intelligence secretly tapped into live video feeds from Israeli drones and fighter jets, monitoring military operations in Gaza, ...

Emotional Intelligence -- IQ vs. EQ

Garry Rodgers | Posted 01.05.2016 | Science
Garry Rodgers

There's a world of difference between book smarts and street sharps -- between braininess and savvy. The first has its place, but the second is more u...

The Almighty 'A' is the Death of Learning

Anne Sobel | Posted 01.04.2016 | Education
Anne Sobel

Its no secret grade inflation is cause célèbre at universities, but the pressure to give A's is a Frankenstein of our own design. Like hog futures, real estate, and diamonds, an A only holds the intrinsic value we assign it.

Al Qaeda Re-emerges As U.S. Focuses On ISIS And Taliban

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 12.29.2015 | World

WASHINGTON — Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in...

Why Every Writer is Smart Enough

William Kenower | Posted 12.28.2015 | Books
William Kenower

It is impossible for me now to view anyone's intelligence the way I view computers, with their bigger and smaller hard drives and faster and slower processors. All I have ever done is asked questions. In this way, intelligence is more like Google and the Internet.

What's So Special About the Human Brain?

Garry Rodgers | Posted 12.28.2015 | Science
Garry Rodgers

What is it about the human brain that allows the cognitive ability for abstract reasoning and creativeness? What is it that makes the human brain so special? It comes down to one thing humans do that no other living creature does.

Forget About Designer Babies -- Gene Editing Won't Work on Complex Traits Like Intelligence

Cecile Janssens | Posted 12.07.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

This week, scientists gathered in Washington, DC for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing to discuss a technology called CRISPR-CAS9, which ...

Make Yourself Sound More Intelligent With These 10 Phrases

John Rampton | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
John Rampton

No one wants to sound dumb. However, texting and emojis have taken over the world -- so it becomes difficult to remember how to use the English language to its fullest extent. I find this happening in the business world.

Spectre's Smashing Success Belies All the Nay-Saying

William Bradley | Posted 12.01.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In Spectre, Craig's rather tortured take on the role, while retaining the grit of the actor's canny interpretation of Ian Fleming's literary conception, relaxes a bit into a suaver sort of self-confidence. He even exhibits a newfound compassion and sense of proportion.

Woman With Brain Seeks Better

Cassie Premo Steele | Posted 11.23.2015 | Women
Cassie Premo Steele

By opening myself fully to the way the patriarchal institutions of marriage and academe saw me as a woman, wife, and mother, I embraced that identity so wholeheartedly that I knew I deserved better. Women with brains deserve better.

Why a Refugee Could Be the Next Hercules Mulligan

Asha Rangappa | Posted 11.23.2015 | Politics
Asha Rangappa

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, more than half the country's governors have declared that their states will be off-limits to Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war raging in their country.

Can Movies Make You Smarter?

Quora | Posted 11.18.2015 | Arts
Quora

Books and movies are both learning vehicles that use visual and audial devices to communicate information, but movies are direct and intense, with books providing a more detached learning cocoon.

Losing Essential Skills to Technology

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

The internet is rife with sites that bemoan technology-induced death of skills needed for tying knots, converting pounds and ounces, knitting, identifying trees, baking bread and ironing trousers.

Unlock Brain Potential to Protect Against Decline

Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D.

While our ability to improve brain health is becoming more widespread in the neuroscience community, the general public is still largely unaware of pivotal steps that can be taken to make the brain more resilient to decline or injury and regenerate after cognitive losses.

When a Dictator Falls

Todd Moss | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Todd Moss

From inside the thick walls of the State Department headquarters on the western edge of Washington DC, I watched a country I love come within a whisker of democracy. The southern African nation of Zimbabwe was on the brink of finally getting rid its longtime dictator.