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3 Sure-Fire Ways to Undermine Your Leadership Integrity

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

When you possess leadership integrity, people trust your decisions. They understand you have a vision, and because of your positive influence they take ownership in the plan, the process and the product.

In Defense of Ethnography

Paul Stoller | Posted 08.24.2015 | College
Paul Stoller

In these troubled times in which inhumane global forces threaten our future, we need that ethnographic depth of understanding both to recognize our human fragility and marvel at our social resilience.

5 Ways Leaders Survive Election Season at Work

Chester Goad, Ed.D. | Posted 08.18.2015 | Business
Chester Goad, Ed.D.

Yes, election season is upon us, and believe it or not, it is possible to survive election cycles with your leadership integrity and the trust of your team intact. Use these five practical tips to avoid sabotaging your team's success with your own personal political biases.

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on Salon.com, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Racist Violence and Social Science

Chip Berlet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Chip Berlet

Right-wing hate groups do not cause prejudice in the United States -- they exploit it. What we clearly see as objectionable bigotry surfacing in Extreme Right movements, is actually the magnified form of oppressions that swim silently in the familiar yet obscured eddies of "mainstream" society.

Policing Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

Alison Novak | Posted 06.11.2015 | Technology
Alison Novak

Instead of debating the artifact of police body cameras, it may be more valuable to answer the following: If we live in a world of accepting surveillance as a part of normal 21st century life, what does this then mean for police body cameras?

The Blind Spot: Uncovering the Grammar of the Social Field

Otto Scharmer | Posted 06.11.2015 | Science
Otto Scharmer

The intention of this paper is to uncover the grammar of the social field -- the key variables that make it possible for the operating logics and modes (states and stages) of a social field to shift.

Big Thinkers for Today's Big Problems: Celebrating the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Fellows

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 06.22.2015 | College
Carnegie Corporation of New York

Thirty-two of the country's best and brightest have just been named to the inaugural class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows -- scholars (many of them emerging scholars), journalists, and authors. Their charge: to provide important new perspectives on current and future challenges to American democracy and international order.

Nine Historical Polling Results That Might Surprise You

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

As a snapshot of public attitudes at a particular moment in time, polls can bring history to life - and sometimes shake current perceptions of what people believed in the past.

The Emerging Corporate Control of Social Science Knowledge

Nathan Newman | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

Big data is shifting power over our idea of the social not just from the theorists and qualitative researchers to the data scientists, but also from academic social scientists to research labs controlled by corporations.

Thanksgiving for Social Scientists

Ralph Nader | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics
Ralph Nader

Besides giving us insights, surveys and findings, can more social scientists like these few but important examples change some routines to provide strategies, tactics, and solutions that can more practically flow from their knowledge to action?

Scared of Ebola, ISIS, Putin, or Climate Change? A New Global Panel Tackles the Social Plagues That Generate Our Problems

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

First, most of our problems are our own doing. Second, we know a lot about the causes and the solutions. This combination is new. Old civilizations have died because their lifestyle was not sustainable but, unlike us, they didn't understand the mechanisms.

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Paul_Smith

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

Congratulations to Anthropologist Ashraf Ghani, Afghanistan's New President

American Anthropological Association | Posted 11.26.2014 | Good News
American Anthropological Association

Formidable challenges face the new government, from deep social divisions to operating budget shortfalls and significant deficits to overcome in public facilities and services.

Fellow Law Students, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.17.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Resist the tide. Leave law school not as an attorney, but rather as a human being who happens to be an attorney.

One Solution to the World's Wars: Alternative Energy

Michael Shammas | Posted 11.10.2014 | College
Michael Shammas

Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.

Why Modern Consumers Crave Both Freedom and Structure

Troy Campbell | Posted 10.27.2014 | Business
Troy Campbell

Consider even the mundane phenomenon of self-serve frozen yogurt. The reason frozen yogurt has become so popular may not be entirely due to its taste, but to the opportunity for constrained creativity.

Preventing Jihadi Johns & Saving Future James Foleys: Research on Combatting Homegrown Terrorism & Radicalization

Jeanne Zaino | Posted 10.26.2014 | Politics
Jeanne Zaino

New research finds that potential terrorists cannot be identified using a single socio-economic profile. Similarly, at the individual level, homegrown terrorists are not driven by just one or even a prevalent set of motivations.

WATCH: A Formula For Happiness

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 9:00 - 10:00am MDT (11:00am - 12:00pm EDT). Social scientists have cracked the code on happiness. By marrying ancient wisdom and new ...

So What Makes Malcolm Gladwell Such an Expert?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 08.17.2014 | Books
Dr. Jim Taylor

Once I switched hats from enthralled follower to the social scientist that I am, the bloom fell off the rose, as it were, as my feelings shifted from admiration to resentment at having fallen for his smoke-and-mirrors act.

Why Behavioral Economics Is Cool, and I'm Not

Adam Grant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Psychology has come a long way since Freud, but the brand hasn't caught up. Ideally, we'll start rebranding psychology as a source of interesting, rigorous ideas.

WATCH: How Your DNA May Have Influenced Your Marriage

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2014 | Science

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - He leaves the toilet seat up, prefers old Japanese monster movies to romantic comedies and fancies...

Here's The Real Reason You're Likely To Trust A Stranger

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science

It's one thing to trust someone you know, but quite another to trust a perfect stranger. And yet every day we trust people we've never met, from bank ...

Some Futurists Aren't Worried About Global Warming or Overpopulation

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

What many environmentalists, journalists and politicians fail to consider when assessing the future is how quickly technological innovation is growing. The future is coming much faster than people realize.

Cultivating a Focused Workplace

Daniel Goleman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Daniel Goleman

It's very hard to be creative on demand. Most of us need time for reflection, which requires thinking alone, without distractions. It also requires be...