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Teaching the Greeks and Critical Thinking - Part 2: Setting the Tone from the First Day of Class

Frank Breslin | Posted 05.08.2016 | Education
Frank Breslin

The first day of class, I enter the classroom and ask, "What's the difference between being certain and being closed-minded?" Long silence. Students g...

Break Down the Echo Chambers

William S. Becker | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics
William S. Becker

This is the second of two posts on the media's role in the national conversation about global climate change and clean energy. The first post can be f...

Impartial Journalism's Enduring Value

Thomas Kent | Posted 08.25.2014 | Media
Thomas Kent

Yet impartial journalism is remarkably resilient, despite the mocking and stereotyping it has endured. There's plenty of room for other models, but it's worth recognizing the value impartiality delivers.

A Compelling Case for 'Knowledge-Based Journalism'

Dan Kennedy | Posted 02.17.2014 | Media
Dan Kennedy

In the early 1990s the media identified an existential threat: violent crime. But violent crime was actually on the decline in the early '90s -- including a 4 percent drop from 1993 to '94. Thus journalistic malpractice led to policy malpractice, with consequences we continue to live with today.

The Rise and Fall of Militant Skepticism (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Deepak Chopra

By a strange and unexpected chain of events, real science finds itself at a turning point where skepticism itself is proving to be a dubious attitude.

What's in Your Brain?

Elizabeth R. Thornton | Posted 10.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth R. Thornton

In the first blog in the series on "Objectivity: The Power of Seeing Things As They Are," I presented extreme cases of extreme subjectivity to illustr...

Objectivity: The Power of Seeing Things as They Are (Part 2)

Elizabeth R. Thornton | Posted 10.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Objectivity is seeing and accepting things as they are without projecting your fears, mental models, and past experiences, and responding thoughtfully and deliberately to the people, challenges and opportunities in your life.

Objectivity: The Power of Seeing Things as They Are

Elizabeth R. Thornton | Posted 09.29.2013 | Business
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Today Scott passed Jim's desk without saying hello. Period. End of story. Jim made up everything else. Can you blame Jim? Were his thoughts irrational?

Is Mediation About Reaching the Same Result in a More Efficient and Economical Manner?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

My last article on mediation, titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?," was the first of a series of articles on medi...

Media Coverage: Who's Covering Whom?

Karen Dumas | Posted 04.06.2013 | Detroit
Karen Dumas

Ethics on every level are best upheld when there is oversight. If it works for corporate leaders, the general public and government officials, it should also work for those in the media. Self-supervision has rarely proved objective or effective.

Principles of Objectivity: Changing Mindsets for Greater Effectiveness

Elizabeth R. Thornton | Posted 02.18.2013 | Business
Elizabeth R. Thornton

Losing a million dollars taught me that being happy, effective and successful requires greater objectivity, which could be simply defined as seeing things as they are.

For Every Yin, the Media Has a Yang

Karthika Swamy Cohen | Posted 11.28.2012 | Media
Karthika Swamy Cohen

Is it really a good thing for journalism to expect reporters to be empty vessels simply reiterating information from others? This defeats the very purpose of media as fourth estate, as a watchdog of the powers that be.

Anderson Cooper And Journalism 101: The Myth Of Objectivity

Tracy Baim | Posted 07.03.2012 | Queer Voices
Tracy Baim

Is someone who is straight (or closeted) any better able to cover a gay story? Every reporter has a long list of bias points. It is time we shatter this notion that being part of a minority group means you should not be able to cover that group.

No Cheering in the Press Box, Please

Terence Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Terence Smith

Extraordinary winds of change are blowing through the Arab world. It is huge news, so let's treat it with the professionalism and independence a truly monumental event deserves.

Feels Like a Self But Is It?

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

Consider: "What is distinguishable is not necessarily separable." (1) Just because you see an eddy in a stream it doesn't mean that an eddy is sepa...

Time to Stop Hiding

Jeff Jarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Jarvis

Olbermann was not objective -- it was his job not to be. We all know where he stood. I say he should put his money where is mouth is. He just shouldn't have hidden it or be made to do so.

The "Objective" UN Human Rights Council

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kyle Shamberg

Until the UN Human Rights Council stops turning a blind eye to the myriad abuses occurring elsewhere, focusing nearly all of its resources on attacking one nation, it will continue to be impossible to take seriously.

What's Driving American Journalism? Is There a Driver at All?

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Robert Weller

Are there objectivity problems in the media? Is there any such thing as objectivity?

A Coda to the Kagan Nomination: Empathy, Impartiality and the (Mis)Education of Jeff Sessions

John Paul Rollert | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Paul Rollert

Those who believe that the law is not always so clear, that Constitutional values will sometimes be at odds, will argue that Justices will occasionally have to look beyond the law.

The People of Gaza and a Reporter: Victims of the NY Times' Stubbornness

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Daoud Kuttab

As a result of the reluctance of the executive editor of theNY Times to do the right thing, the newspaper has lost its star Gaza reporter and has short changed its readers.

Sex Objects: Study Shows Pictures Shift Men's View Of Women | Ian Sample | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Researchers used brain scans to show that when straight men looked at pictures of women in bikinis, areas of the brain that normally light up in antic...